Mark Trachtenberg in Houston Public Media: How Texas Might Solve its School Finance Problems


Many people thought Texas lawmakers would do nothing with school finance this legislative session. Instead of doing something, they would wait for the Texas Supreme Court to rule in the latest case. Then one top legislator revealed that he’d meeting with lots of people about school funding.

“And we’ve come to the conclusion that it’s worth to try to fix it,” said Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, at a press conference in March. “It became apparent that some of our factors that drive money, drive huge amounts of money are antiquated,” said Aycock, who chairs the public education committee in the House…

Mark Trachtenberg, an attorney for some property wealthy districts, said that funding should match the state's academic standards for students.

“We’ve set college readiness as the outcome goal of our public education system. But we’ve never undertaken a study to figure what it actually costs to achieve those standards,” he said.

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