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The Texas Senate on Monday voted out sweeping school funding legislation that would give every teacher in Texas a $5,000 raise while giving property tax cuts to homeowners and business owners (Source: dallasnews.com).

The Senate action means both chambers of the Legislature have passed their own versions of a bill to dedicate at least $9 billion of new money toward improving schools and delivering tax relief over the next two years. Significantly, it also means the Legislature and top elected leaders are on the cusp of fulfilling a key promise made to taxpayers during election season to overhaul the way Texas public education is funded.

“I really think this is going to transform our education system,” said Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, who authored the Senate school bill. “And we’re going to lead the country and not be in the bottom quartile as we are today.”

What does Texas need to do to create and put in place an education funding system that puts students first?

L to R: Stan Liebowitz, PhD and David Vroonland, EdD

Joining host Dennis McCuistion to discuss these issues  are:

We ask, does more money equal better student outcomes? What is the true state of education in Texas schools compared to others around the country that spend more money on education? How fair is incentive pay for teachers? Does the state’s funding formula favor students in some districts over other districts?
 The Cost of Education Index hasn’t been adjusted since it was implemented in 1991 even though Texas demographics have considerably evolved.
Finding out about the state of Texas education is challenging at best. Texas’ financial reporting system falls short of maximizing transparency. Currently, key school-level financial data are publicly available but difficult to access since they’re warehoused in separate reports. (Source:  Reason.org).
There has been continued controversy over school funding for centuries. Today we also need to factor in corporate interests. Are we presently preparing students for viable jobs once they graduate? And are the inequalities today hurting the state of Texas education?

And once again we are honored to be underwritten by The Hatton W. Sumner’s Foundation, Inc.

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Thanks for joining us,
Niki McCuistion
Co-Founder, Executive Producer, Producer
Business Consultant / Executive Coach, specializing in Organizational Culture Change, Governance and Strategic Planning
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