- “Current law requires the elimination on September 1, 2017, of Additional State Aid for Tax Relief (ASATR), which was intended to offset the cost of tax-rate compressions enacted in 2006. Review how this loss of funding would impact school districts.
- ”Study the use of local property taxes to fund public education and its effects on educational quality and on Texas taxpayers. Specifically, recommend ways to reverse the increasing reliance on recapture payments to fund public education statewide.”
These charges are in addition to interim charges previously issued addressing the need to study the Cost of Education Index and schools’ facility needs and debt. As noted in the release from Speaker Straus’s office, “Combined with those studies (CEI, facility needs and debt), the newly issued charges will allow the House to take a thorough look at school finance when the Legislature convenes in January 2017.”
In the nearly three weeks since the Court’s decision, much has been debated and discussed relating to the responsibility and anticipated action of the legislature. Many have questioned the degree to which the legislature would respond. Again, quoting from Speaker Straus’s release, “The House will continue working toward better schools for our students and a more efficient funding system for taxpayers.”
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