Get the facts on school finance

    • Many components of the today’s school finance system are 35 years old and our student demographics have changed significantly since then.
    • This school year, Houston ISD’s recapture payment is estimated to be $274 million. Because of the recapture payment, department and campus budgets were reduced and further cuts to both are expected for future school years as recapture payments will increase. The district sends more to the state in recapture than it actually receives in state aid.  It is estimated that HISD’s recapture payment will increase to $312 million in the 2019-2020 school year.
    • The state uses HISD’s recapture payment, along with payments from other “property wealthy” districts, to replace its financial contribution to K-12 public education.
    • Today’s school finance system benefits the state when local property values rise. The state allocates less money to K-12 public education when property values increase statewide. 
    • The state’s share of funding public education has declined over the years from close to 50% to 38%.

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