INTERACTIVE: Explore how much money a school choice bill could divert from Austin-area school districts

Early in the 85th legislative session, Texas House of Representatives leaders declared that school choice initiatives would be dead upon arrival in the lower chamber, even after Senate leaders declared the private school-friendly bill a priority. The House instead stressed fixes to the state’s public school finance system, and as the session prepares to conclude, Senate members are lashing back against House bills. Once passed out of the House, House Bill 21, authored by House Public Education Chairman Dan Huberty, R-Houston, proposed an injection of roughly $1.65 billion into public education over two years and also proposed adding additional weights […]

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