Texas Commission on Public School Finance

House Bill 21, 85th Texas Legislature, 1st Called Special Session (2017), established the Texas Commission on Public School Finance to develop and make recommendations for improvements to the current public school finance system or for new methods of financing public schools.

The commission shall develop recommendations to address issues related to the public school finance system, including:

  1. the purpose of the public school finance system and the relationship between state and local funding in that system;
  2. the appropriate levels of local maintenance and operations and interest and sinking fund tax effort necessary to implement a public school finance system that complies with the requirements under the Texas Constitution; and
  3. policy changes to the public school finance system necessary to adjust for student demographics and the geographic diversity in the state.

The commission may establish one or more working groups composed of not more than five members of the commission to study, discuss, and address specific policy issues and recommendations to refer to the commission for consideration.

Not later than December 31, 2018, the commission shall prepare and deliver a report to the governor and the legislature that recommends statutory changes to improve the public school finance system, including any adjustments to funding to account for student demographics.

Resources

Texas Public School Finance Overview 2017-2018 (Jan 2018) (PDF)
Texas Public School Finance Glossary Dec 2017 (PDF)
Rider 73 Charts Jan 2018 (PDF)
Statewide All Funds Revenue 1985-2017 (Excel)

Meeting Presentations

Unless otherwise noted, archived videos of the meetings are available at http://www.adminmonitor.com/tx/tea/public_school_finance/.

Meetings


Dec. 11, 2018 - 10 a.m.
Texas Commission on Public School Finance  

Capitol Extension, State Capitol Building - Room E1.016
Agenda
Potential Revenue Items (PDF)
Summary of Three Plans - Dec 11 2018 (Excel)
Summary of Three Plans - Dec 11 2018 (PDF)
Final Texas Public School Finance Commission Report (PDF)
Proposals J and L School Finance Commission 12.11.18 (PDF)
Note: No public testimony will be taking at this meeting.


 Nov. 27, 2018 - 1 p.m.
 Revenues Working Group - Texas Commission on School Finance
Capitol Extension, State Capitol Building - Room E1.012
Agenda
Additional Revenue Recommendations for Consideration by School Finance Commission - Nicole Conley Johnson
Revenue Working Group Presentation (Recommendation #4 - Tabled)
Note: No public testimony will be taken at this working group meeting

Nov. 30, 2018 - 1 p.m.
Texas Commission on School Finance

Capitol Extension, State Capitol Building - Room E1.016
Agenda
Note: No public testimony will be taken at this working group meeting

 

Presentations 

Nov. 13, 2018 - 1 p.m.

 Revenues Working Group - Texas Commission on School Finance
Capitol Extension, State Capitol Building - Room E1.012
Agenda
Note: No public testimony will be taken at this working group meeting

Kara Belew, TX Public Policy Foundation - An Accurate School Finance Revenue Picture (PDF)
Dale Cramer, TX Taxpayers and Research Association - Recapture from the Taxpayer's Perspective (PDF)
Vance Ginn, Ph.D., TX Public Policy Foundation - Eliminating School M&O Property Tax in Texas (PDF)
                                                                                Budget Coalition One Pager (PDF)
Dan Surratt - Revenue and Tax Rate Reduction Comparison (PDF)
Chandra Villanueva, Center for Public Policy Priorities - Don't Get Distracted by Recapture: Our Biggest School Finance Challenge is a Lack of Revenue (PDF)


 September 25, 2018- 10 a.m.  Agenda 
Texas Commission on School Finance
Capitol Extension, State Capitol Building - Room E1.012
Expenditures Working Group Recommendations (PDF)
The archive video of the meeting is available at http://tlcsenate.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=44&clip_id=13571


September 13, 2018- 8 a.m.  Agenda
Expenditures Working Group- Texas Commission on School Finance
Capitol Extension, State Capitol Building - Room E2.030


August 9, 2018- 9 a.m.Meeting notice   Agenda
Expenditures Working Group- Texas Commission on School Finance
Capitol Extension, State Capitol Building - Room E2.036


 July 10, 2018 9 a.m.
Agenda
 William B. Travis Building - Room 1-104
1701 N. Congress Ave., Austin, TX

Final Outcomes Working Group White Paper (As Amended and Adopted) (PDF)
Outcomes Committee Recommendations Presentation (PDF)
 Texas Public Education Total Funding July 2018 (PDF)
60x30TX Progress - Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (PDF)


 July 3, 2018- 9:30 a.m
 Capitol Extension, State Capitol Building - Room E1.026
 Agenda  

Final Outcomes Working Group White Paper (As Amended and Adopted)_07.05.2018

Outcomes Working Group Recommendations AS PRESENTED


 June 6, 2018- 9 a.m.Agenda
Expenditures Working Group- Texas Commission on School Finance
Capitol Extension, State Capitol Building - Room E2.030

Presentations
Monica Martinez, Associate Commissioner for Standards and Support, Texas Education Agency -Technology and Instructional Materials Allotment (PDF)
Leo Lopez, Chief School Finance Officer, Texas Education Agency -Funding Weights & Allotments (PDF)
Zahava Stadler -Recommendations from EdBuild (PDF)


June 5, 2018- 9 a.m.
Agenda
William B. Travis Building - Room 1-104
1701 N. Congress Ave., Austin, TX
The meeting will be webcast at:http://www.adminmonitor.com/tx/tea/

Presentations
Justin Porter, Executive Director Special Populations, Texas Education Agency -Bilingual Education Funding under the Foundation School Program (PDF)
David Garcia, Principal, Mark Twain Dual Language Academy -What Works! Building a National Dual Language Model (PDF)
Olivia Hernandez, Ph.D., Assistant Superintendent for Bilingual/ESL & Migrant Students, San Antonio ISD -San Antonio ISD State Finance Commission Presentation (PDF)
Leo Gomez, Ph.D., Professor, Owner, Dual Language Training Institute in San Antonio -One-Way Dual Language Enrichment for ELLs (PDF)
H.D. Chambers, Superintendent, Alief ISD - Presentation on Alief ISD (PDF)
Sarah Perez, 4th Grade Teacher, Teach Plus Policy Fellow -Prioritizing Education, Prioritizing Texas (PDF)
Andrew Kim, Superintendent and David Andersen, CFO, Comal ISD -IDEA: Student Performance GROWTH (PDF)
Linda Webb, Principal, Gonzalo Garza Independence H.S., Austin ISD - Remote Homebound Instruction Funding (PDF)
Elizabeth Fagen, Superintendent, Humble ISD -Policy Flexibility for Better Use of Funding (PDF)
Scott Harrell, Superintendent, Sudan ISD - Small District Perspective (PDF)
Dr. Jim Chadwell, Superintendent and James Schiele, CFO, Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD -Testimony to Texas Commission on Public School Finance (PDF)
Tanya Larkin, Superintendent, Pampa ISD -Testimony to the Special Commission on Public School Finance (PDF)

NOTE:Working Group on Revenues
Will convene 10 minutes upon adjournment of full Commission meeting
Agenda
William B. Travis Building - Room 2.195
1701 N. Congress Ave., Austin, TX


May 29, 2018 Outcomes Subcommittee  

05.29.2018 Outcomes Working Group Agenda

Anne Dunkelberg - CPPP - 5.29.18 PSFC Outcomes Working Group
Grade 3_8 Outcomes_OutcomesWorkingGroup
Post Secondary Outcomes Initiative
MultiStep_Tiered Teacher Licensure_Overview
March 26 Teacher Comp Presentation TEA FINAL
Kate Rogers, SFC 5.29.18 Outcomes Working Group


May 4, 2018- 9 a.m.
Expenditures Working Group- Texas Commission on School Finance
Capitol Extension, State Capitol Building - Room E2.030
Agenda
Leo Lopez, Chief School Finance Officer, Texas Education Agency -Special Education Funding Weights


May 3, 2018- 9 a.m.
Agenda
William B. Travis Building - Room 1-104
1701 N. Congress Ave., Austin, TX

Early Childhood Education
Alexandra Hales, Executive Director, Good Reason Houston - Early Matters: A Historic Coalition on Early Education
Susan Dawson, President and Executive Director, E3 Alliance - Child Outcomes
Ruth Lopez Turley, Professor of Sociology, Director, Houston Education Research Consortium, Associate Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research -PreK in Houston ISD
Dr. Esperanza Zendejas, Superintendent, Brownsville ISD -Reaching our Goals: Expanding BISD’s Pre-K Program
Linus Wright, Former Superintendent, Dallas ISD and Former Undersecretary of Education, USDE - Testimony

Weights and Allotments
Leo Lopez, Chief School Finance Officer, and Justin Porter, Executive Director of Special Populations, Texas Education Agency - Weighted Student Funding Trends under the Foundation School Program
Rachel Quenemoen, Retired from University of Minnesota, National Center for Educational Outcomes (Special Education) - Students with disabilities: What should we expect?
Israel Cordero, Deputy Superintendent, Dallas ISD (P-Tech) - Network Approach to ECHS/P-TECH Dallas ISD & DCCCD
Dottie Smith, Managing Director, (Teacher Quality) Best in Class: Championing Effective Educators for Every Student

Permanent School Fund
David Bradley, Board Member, Texas State Board of Education -Texas Permanent School Fund Distributions to the Available School Fund


May 2, 2018 - 4 p.m.
Outcomes Working Group
- Texas Commission on School Finance
Agenda
Penny Schwinn, Chief Deputy Commissioner for Academics - Texas Student Performance: Outcomes Working Group  


April 20, 2018- 9 a.m.
Expenditures Working Group- Texas Commission on School Finance
Capitol Extension, State Capitol Building - Room E2.030
Agenda
An archived video of this meeting is available athttp://tlchouse.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=13&clip_id=15082


April 19, 2018- 9 a.m.
Agenda

Tax Policy Issues
Nicole Kaeding, Director of Special Projects, Tax Foundation -Texas Tax Policy: Options for Reform(PDF)
Steven Sheffrin, Professor of Economics and Executive Director of Murphy Institute, Tulane University -Fairness and Property Taxes in Texas(PDF)
Daphne A. Kenyon, Resident Fellow in Tax Policy, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy -Improving the Property Tax: Lessons from Other States(PDF)
Lisa Christensen Gee, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy -From Property Tax to ?Revenue Sources, Tradeoffs, Trends(PDF)
ITEP Presentation:Additional Tax Resources(PDF)

Current Sources of Public Education Funding
Leo Lopez, Chief School Finance Officer, Texas Education Agency -FSP Method of Finance Breakdown(PDF)

Tax Policy Issues (Cont)
Michael Amezquita, Chief Appraiser, Bexar Appraisal District -Testimony to Commission on Public School Finance(PDF)
Dale Craymer, President, Texas Taxpayers and Research Association -Property Taxes and School Finance(PDF)
Ray Freeman, Executive Director, Equity Center -Using Property Tax Collections to Ensure a System that is Efficient and Fair to Both Taxpayers and Children(PDF)
Dick Lavine, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Center for Public Policy Priorities -Potential Revenue Sources(PDF)


April 5, 2018
Agenda(PDF)


April 4, 2018 Outcomes Working Group  

04.04.2018 Outcomes Working Group Agenda

60x30TX Overview THECB_Gardner_04.04.2018

State.Finance.Commission 4.04.18 v16_Commit_Desai

TEA CounForStrongAmerica_Mission_Readiness_McMahan_06.26.2018


March 20, 2018 

Expenditures Working Group - Texas Commission on School Finance

Agenda
An archived video of this meeting is available athttp://tlchouse.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=13&clip_id=14855


March 19, 2018- Public Hearing
Agenda(PDF)
Public Testimony - Copies of some of the public testimony presented at the hearing
List* of Invited Speakers and Panels(PDF)
*Please note that the groups and order are subject to change.
List* of On-site Registrants(PDF)

*Please note that some speakers may have left before presenting testimony.


March 15, 2018 Outcomes subcommittee 

Outcomes Work Group Agenda 03.15.2018

Outcomes Committee Kickoff Meeting 3 15 2018  


March 7, 2018
Meeting Agenda


Feb. 22, 2018  

  • Don Rogers, Texas Rural Educators Association, Brian Stroman, Superintendent, Bloomburg ISD, and Cody Newcomb, Superintendent, Centerpoint ISD - Rural School View (PDF)
  • Gary Godsey, Executive Director, Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) - ATPE Testimony (PDF)

Feb 8, 2018  


Jan. 23, 2018