Because the current method of funding public education is overly dependent on local property taxes, the 85th Texas Legislature established the Texas Commission on Public School Finance to find ways to fix it. The Commission, chaired by former Texas Supreme Court Justice Scott Brister, recently released its final report. A few of the recommendations included are: • $100 … [Read more...] about School finance reform – who needs it?
When I was a boy, I read the adventures of Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Along with his compadres Little John and Friar Tuck, Robin would waylay rich travelers to relieve them of their gold and then distribute to those oppressed by the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. It was a good story and over the years, many movies about Robin Hood have been made, but none more famous perhaps … [Read more...] about Does Texas’ ‘Robin Hood’ law really take from the rich to give to the poor?
A recurring theme heard from various candidates who are running for election this November, is the candidates’ professed support for both giving teachers a raise while admonishing school districts to become more efficient in how they spend their tax dollars. Perhaps these statements stem from a lack of understanding as to how school finance works in Texas. It is an overly … [Read more...] about When will public schools become more efficient with tax dollars?
Recently Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath appeared before a state budget panel to lay out the Texas Education Agency’s budget request through 2021. In his testimony, Commissioner Morath projected a drop in the state’s general revenue request for public education by more than $3.5 billion for the next biennium due to increasing revenue from local property taxes. … [Read more...] about When will Texas adequately fund public education?
Willowridge High School – the second oldest high school in Fort Bend ISD, inducted eight individuals into the Willowridge Wall of Honor last Saturday at The Power Center in Houston. The Wall of Honor was founded by Willowridge graduate T.J. Ford, who led WHS to a UIL State Championship, University of Texas to the NCAA Final Four and played in the NBA between 2003-2012. The … [Read more...] about Willowridge High inducts honorees