School Finance Task Force

School Finance Task Force

Objective: In anticipation of a ruling from the Texas Supreme Court on the current school finance lawsuit before the 85th Legislature meets, TCCRI’s 2015-16 School Finance Task Force will develop a comprehensive school finance and public education reform plan.

Topics: School finance formulas, school funding and sources of revenue, and school choice options.

Overview: The Task Force will discuss the possible rulings of the Court and will make issue recommendations in preparation for each of those eventualities. The recommendations will include:

  • School finance – changes to the school finance formulas in order to better-meet the state’s constitutional obligations to the public education system, as defined by the Court.
  • School funding – identifying sources of additional revenue for the public education system, should the Court rule that additional funding is required.
  • Systemic reforms – development of proposals to expand school choice, charter schools, digital learning, and other measures that enhance the ability of students and their families to improve their own educational opportunities.
  • Legal reforms: clarifying constitutional language.
  • Changes to tax system.