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The appropriations bill, which will determine the state's budget for the next two years, is expected to be filed Wednesday morning. The bill's House sponsor, Rep. Jim Pitts, indicated that he would distribute the bill to House members late Tuesday, and formally file it Wednesday. The Texas Tribune has provided a sneak peek at its contents, although no education-specific measures are mentioned in the article.    

 

The Texas Conservative Coalition released its Blueprint for a Balanced Budget on Tuesday; proposals included:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Delay state payments to school districts, pushing costs into the next biennium
  • Eliminate a number of state mandates on school districts, including 22:1 class-size caps
  • Reduce non-teaching positions
  • Mandate a one-month furlough for non-teaching personnel
  • Reduce funding for non-instructional programs, such as adult education and TEA/SBEC administration costs
  • Eliminate the pre-K grant program
  • Suspend general revenue funding for Communities in Schools
  • Abolish regional service centers

   

Please note that the TCC proposals do not necessarily reflect the contents of the proposed budget; TCTA will provide more information on the House bill when it becomes available.