• 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

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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

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