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)

Meetings

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
The meeting will be webcast at: http://www.adminmonitor.com/tx/tea/

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

Meeting Presentations 

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

May 2, 2018 - 4 p.m.
Outcomes Working Group
- Texas Commission on School Finance
Capitol Extension, State Capitol Building - Room E2.030
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 at http://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)


March 20, 2018 
Expenditures Working Group - Texas Commission on School Finance

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

 March 19, 2018 
Agenda (PDF)
 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 7, 2018
MeetingAgenda


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