• Texas state lawmakers meet for legislative session in January 2019. Many components of the Texas school finance system have not been updated since the 1980s and 1990s.  Due to this, the system is underfunded and unfair.  As local property values rise and your taxes increase, the state lowers its share of public education funding. In other words, you the taxpayer are paying higher taxes for schools while the state is paying less. Even worse, the school finance system has forced HISD into recapture, aka the “Robin Hood” law.  Recapture requires HISD to send your local property tax dollars to the state – dollars that would be much better spent in HISD classrooms. Please use this toolkit to learn more about school finance in Texas.  Then, reach out to state lawmakers and urge them to make school finance their top priority during the 2019 legislative session.  The future of Texas depends on it.


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    Contact a member of the House Appropriations Committee

    • All
    • Armando Walle
    • Chair John Zerwas
    • Dade Phelan
    • Dawnna Dukes
    • Donna Howard
    • Gary VanDeaver
    • Gene Wu
    • Giovanni Capriglione
    • Greg Bonnen
    • Helen Giddings
    • J.D. Sheffield
    • Jay Dean
    • John Raney
    • Justin Rodriguez
    • Kevin Roberts
    • Linda Koop
    • Mary Ann Perez
    • Mary E. Gonzalez
    • Rick Miller
    • Ron Simmons
    • Sarah Davis
    • Scott Cosper
    • Sergio Munoz, Jr.
    • Toni Rose
    • Trent Ashby
    • Vice-Chair Oscar Longoria

    Contact a Member of the Senate Finance Committee

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    • Brian Birdwell: R-Granbury
    • Charles Perry: R-Lubbock
    • Donna Campbell: R-New Braunfuls
    • Jane Nelson: R- Flower Mound
    • Joan Huffman: R-Houston
    • John Whitmire: D-Houston
    • Juan Chuy Hinajosa: D-McAllen
    • 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-Humble
    • Rep. Alma Allen: D-Houston
    • Rep. Dwayne Bohac: R-Houston
    • Rep. Gary VanDeaver: R-New Boston
    • Rep. Harold Dutton Jr.: D-Houston
    • Rep. Joe Deshotel: D-Beaumont
    • Rep. Ken King: R-Canadian
    • Rep. Lance Gooden: R-Terrell
    • Rep. Linda Koop: R-Richardson
    • Rep. Morgan Meyer: R-Dallas
    • Vice-Chairman Diego Bernal: D-San Antonio

    Contact a Member of the Senate Education Committee

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

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