Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Top 10 percent change advancing in Texas Senate

Those who spoke in front of the Texas State Affairs Committee to oppose the bill outnumbered those in favor, 66 to 6.

Home-school families speaking before the Senate education committee earlier this month were split on the bill, with some wanting expanded access to organized extracurricular activities and others fearing it could open the door to government regulations.

"We appreciate the collaborative of Chair Bileca and Chair Diaz in shaping good policy through partnership with school board members, and their commitment to allocate funding around what is best for students, '" said FCSBM President Shawn Frost. In the House, Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues (R-Estero) is backing a measure that takes a more restrictive approach than any of the proposals in the Senate.

Jimmy Flannigan, Austin's first openly gay city council member, said that the discrimination embodied by HB 2899 goes against Texas values. Additional State Aid for Tax Reduction, or ASATR, is set to expire in September, with about 250 or so small, rural school districts depending on it to keep their doors open.

The House Public Education Committee voted 10-1 to approve Chairman Dan Huberty's school finance bill, which would mean gains for most, but major losses for some.

As lawmakers debate possible reforms to the school finance system this week, they might decide whether to continue offering extra money to districts like Texas City ISD, which a year ago was forced to annex a struggling district next to it.

Under the version of the bill that cleared the Senate, however, the mandate was absent and only state workers would be guaranteed to receive the benefit.

"While our system is lawful, it is terrible", he added.

The bill was also amended to include provisions dealing with excused absences for treatment of autism-spectrum disorders, rolling back caps on teacher bonuses and exempting students in varsity sports from the requirement to take a test in physical education.

"I don't think we want to promote children out of third grade who aren't at grade level", he said. An autopsy report released Wednesday showed the 56-year-old had. Drew Darby, R-San Angelo, would remove an existing financial penalty for school districts smaller than 300 square miles, which was originally meant to encourage them to consolidate.

Houston Democratic Rep. Harold Dutton said Darby's change would only exacerbate the larger problems of a fundamentally flawed system. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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