How the state should fix school finance & HB 3

    • Increase the Basic Allotment enough to keep pace with inflation and the growing needs of students.  Increasing the basic allotment also reduces recapture.  In recent years the legislature has made very few adjustments to the Basic Allotment, which is $5,140. 
    • Reduce racapture by eliminating the state’s overreliance on local property taxes to fund schools. Lowering school property tax rates and replacing those dollars with general revenue from the state will reduce "Robin Hood". Recapture removes local dollars from HISD classrooms and will only increase as property values in Houston rise. 
    • Increase the funding weights for unique populations, like compensatory ed, bilingual, English-language learners, and gifted/talented students, and expand career and technical education programs. Many of these weights have not been updated since 1984. 
    • Establish a strong educational foundation for children by providing funding for full day high-quality prekindergarten.
    • Maintain the use of prior year property values when calculating recapture and state aid.  A shift to current year values would increase HISD's recapture payment and force districts to prepare budgets without knowing the property value that will be used to calculate state aid.  Prior year values are reliable and ensure Robin Hood districts can confidently forecast their annual recapture obligation. 

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