April 19, 2017      11:58 AM
KR: What is at stake as school finance debate unfolds
If the Senate was willing to cede school finance funding, will the House be willing to agree to Patrick’s slimmed-down no-fiscal-note voucher proposal?
just about everything we need to know about what the House and Senate
would do to fix school finance this session – and a resolution still appears to
be far from guaranteed.
House, Public Education Committee Chairman Dan Huberty’s
House Bill 21 goes to the floor today with 46 potential amendments.
Most of those amendments, with the exception of a fix to the small district
allotment, will likely be rejected on the floor for either making changes to general
law or carrying a steep price tag, such as credit for full-day
night in the Senate, Education Committee Chair Sen. Larry
Taylor, R-Friendswood, rolled out his series of school finance bills,
including Senate Bill 2145, that could provide a more
substantive, albeit incomplete, fix to the quirks in the school finance system.
SB 2145 also gets extra credit for coming in with no fiscal note, using current
revenues to smooth out inequities.
So why is
House Bill 21 likely to die a slow death in the Senate?
By Kimberly Reeves