Get Schooled – School Finance 101

    • In 1984, the Texas Legislature passed HB 72, which at the time was a massive overhaul to the state’s school finance system. HB 72 still comprises much of the framework of the state’s school finance system. HB 72 established groundbreaking components for how the state would fund public schools, including the use of “weights” for unique populations, like bilingual, special education, and gifted/talented students. Unfortunately, many of these funding weights have not been updated in since the 1980s and 1990s.
    • Texas school districts are funded primarily through local property taxes and state funds. School districts also receive federal funding.
    • HISD is considered property wealthy school district under the Texas school finance system and therefore must send a portion of its local property tax collections to the state under recapture, aka the “Robin Hood” law. Recapture was enacted by the Texas Legislature in 1993 in an attempt to improve funding equity between property wealthy and property poor school districts.
    • In general, when property values rise, the state lowers its share of funding to school districts. This is a formula set in statute by the legislature. Translation: When you pay more in property taxes, your local schools aren’t receiving increased funding. The state pays less.

    Most Funding for Schools Comes from Local Property Tax Collections

Contact a member of the House Appropriations Committee

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  • *Chairman John Zerwas: R-Richmond
  • *Vice Chairman Oscar Longoria: D-Mission
  • Armando Walle: D-Houston
  • Brad Buckley: R-Killeen
  • Carl Sherman, Sr: D-DeSoto
  • Cecil Bell: R-Magnolia
  • Cole Hefner: R-Mount Pleasant
  • Donna Howard: D-Austin
  • Gary VanDeaver: R-New Boston
  • Gene Wu: D-Houston
  • Giovanni Capriglioni: R-Keller
  • Greg Bonnen: R-League City
  • Ina Minjarez: D-San Antonio
  • J.D. Sheffield: R-Gatesville
  • Jarvis Johnson: D-Houston
  • John Turner: D-Dallas
  • Lynn Stucky: R-Denton
  • Mary Gonzalez: D-El Paso
  • Matt Schaefer: R-Tyler
  • Philip Cortez: D-San Antonio
  • Reggie Smith: R-Sherman
  • Rick Miller: R-Sugar Land
  • Sarah Davis: R-Houston
  • Sergio Munoz, Jr: D-Mission
  • Steve Toth: R-the Woodlands
  • Terry Wilson: R-Georgetown
  • Toni Rose: D-Dallas

Contact a Member of the Senate Finance Committee

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  • *Chairwoman Jane Nelson: R- Flower Mound
  • *Vice-Chairman Juan Chuy Hinajosa: D-McAllen
  • Brian Birdwell: R-Granbury
  • Charles Perry: R-Lubbock
  • Donna Campbell: R-New Braunfuls
  • Joan Huffman: R-Houston
  • John Whitmire: D-Houston
  • Kelly Hancock: R-North Richland Hills
  • Kirk Watson: D-Austin
  • Larry Taylor: R-Friendswood
  • Lois Kolkhorst: R-Brenham
  • Paul Bettencourt: R-Houston
  • Peter Flores: R - Pleasanton
  • Robert Nichols: R-Jacksonville
  • Royce West: D-Dallas

Contact a Member of the House Public Education Committee

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  • *Chairman Dan Huberty: R-Kingwood
  • *Vice Chairman Diego Bernal: D-San Antonio
  • Alma Allen: D-Houston
  • Gary VanDeaver: R-New Boston
  • Harold Dutton: D-Houston
  • James Talarico: D-Round Rock
  • Keith Bell: R-Forney
  • Ken King: R-Canadian
  • Mary Gonzalez: D-El Paso
  • Morgan Meyer: R-Dallas
  • Scott Sanford: R-McKinney
  • Steve Allison: R-Alamo Heights
  • Trent Ashby: R-Lufkin

Contact a Member of the Senate Education Committee

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  • *Chairman Larry Taylor: R-Friendswood
  • *Vice-Chairman Eddie Lucio Jr.: D-Brownsville
  • Angela Paxton: R-McKinney
  • Beverly Powell: D-Burleson
  • Bob Hall: R-Rockwall
  • Bryan Hughes: R-Mineola
  • Donna Campbell: R-New Braunfels
  • Kirk Watson: D-Austin
  • Pat Fallon: R-Prosper
  • Paul Bettencourt: R-Houston
  • Royce West: D-Dallas