May 21, 2015      5:53 PM
Budget compromise leaves Texas schools in the legal lurch
“It’s a small amount of money, but it’s not moving us forward toward the true cost of education.”
session’s proposed budget compromise puts just enough money into public
education to keep pace with enrollment growth but not enough to disturb the
progress of the pending school finance lawsuit.
outcome is that school districts anticipating a chance to give a robust raise
to personnel may have to hold off for another year. The proposed $1.5 billion
added to education funding yesterday will provide a one-time 2 percent bump to
the basic allotment, more dollars than last session but hardly a windfall.
certainly not what school districts were hoping to see,” said financial
consultant Lynn Moak
of Moak Casey & Associates this
afternoon. “It’s modestly disappointing but not surprising.”
By Kimberly Reeves