With only a few days left in the legislative session, the conferees on the state budget appear to have reached a final agreement, which has just been released. With the House consistently refusing to adopt any type of voucher proposal, the Senate would not agree to significant additional funding for public schools.

TCTA will be analyzing the provisions of the budget over the coming days, but it is our understanding that in essence, the agreement funds enrollment growth plus small amounts (well under the $500 million that the Senate had previously offered) for specific programs, including $75 million to help districts with diminished property values. 
 
A final vote on the budget is expected in both the House and Senate on Saturday. Passage of the budget is necessary to avoid a special session, but other legislation has been added to the mix in recent days, and bills such as those regarding property tax reform/relief and the use of bathrooms by transgender individuals are still in flux.