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 School Finance Issues Statewide

The state of Texas serves over five million public school students, one out of every ten in the nation.  Our school districts are incredibly diverse, from urban to rural, from fast-growth suburbs to bedroom communities, and the problems facing each are multifaceted and complex. But all of them will benefit from providing sufficient resources that ensure our students can successfully be prepared for college and career.

 
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 How Did We Get Here?

Education has been at the center of the story of Texas from its very beginning; one of the reasons listed for declaring independence from Mexico was a failure to provide for public schools.  Ever since then, what constitutes “suitable provision” for education and where we find the money to pay for such a provision, has been a source of conflict.  In order to move forward, we have to understand where we’ve been.

 
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Pres. Lamar makes a plan Read more

1838

The plan changes Read more

1856

The plan fails Read more

1861

Reconstruction EducationRead more

1871

Deconstruction of EducationRead more

1876

Gov. Roberts de-funds the schools Read more

1879

Local districts fund themselves Read more

1883

Crucial constitutional amendments Read more

1908

The Better Schools Campaign Read more

1920

The Baby Boom brings teachers to Austin Read more

1947

The Gilmer-Aikin CommitteeRead more

1948

The Gilmer-Aikin BillsRead more

1949

Teacher pay remains an issueRead more

1953

Demetrio Rodriguez files suitRead more

1968

Texas school finance ruled unconstitutionalRead more

1971

U.S. Supreme Court reverses the decisionRead more

1973

Attention remains elsewhereRead more

1977

HB 72Read more

1984

Edgewood v. KirbyRead more

1988

SB 1Read more

1990

Edgewood IIRead more

1991

Edgewood IIIRead more

1992

"Robin Hood" emergesRead more

1993

Edgewood IVRead more

1995

Gov. Perry suggests sin taxesRead more

2004

West Orange CoveRead more

2005

"Texas Tax Reform Commission"Read more

2006

$5 billion cutRead more

2011

Morath v. Texas TaxpayerRead more

2016

HB 21Read more

2017

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