Category Archives: Public Education

TEA seeks funds to boost school internet connectivity

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is asking the Legislature to spend $25 million in fiscal 2018 to help school districts qualify for a federal program that discounts optical fiber construction projects. The agency said the $25 million state investment ultimately could leverage an … Continue reading

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State considers fixes to school finance

Following a Texas Supreme Court ruling in May that upheld the constitutionality of the school finance system, lawmakers are examining several ways to revise the funding structure, which the court called an “ossified regime ill-suited for 21st century Texas.” The House committees on appropriations … Continue reading

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AG issues opinion on property of closed charter schools

The Texas attorney general said in a June 20 opinion that the education commissioner has authority to take possession of property of a charter school that is no longer in operation and that a court likely would conclude that such … Continue reading

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School finance system passes Texas Supreme Court review

The Texas Supreme Court on May 13 said the state’s school finance system meets the minimum requirements in the Texas Constitution for an efficient, free public school system and does not function as an unconstitutional statewide property tax. This ruling overturned … Continue reading

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TEA seeks guidance on property of closed charter schools

In the wake of recent charter school closings, questions have been raised about the legal status and disposition of property purchased by a charter school that is no longer in operation. The Senate Education Committee in December heard testimony on … Continue reading

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