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Public School Finance

Texas children, who are the foundation of our future workforce, must have access to a quality education. Improving student achievement starts with how our state finances public education. For the first time since 1993, transformational, long-term improvements to the K-12 education system advanced during the 86th Texas Legislative Session with the passage of school finance reform.

The reform legislation provided $6.5 billion in new state funding to the public education formula funding system and placed greater funding emphases on proven programs aimed at increasing outcomes for all students. Before the start of the legislative session, the Partnership launched a Public School Finance Workshop series in the fall of 2018 designed to enhance the business community's understanding of school finance. That series culminated in publishing a school finance white paper. The Partnership will take a similar data-driven approach to analyzing Texas' public education achievement and identify areas where the business community can support growth.

The Partnership's Priorities for Public School Finance

  • Help the business community to understand the new public education formula funding system and how it impacts the Houston region

  • Advance near- and long-term improvements to public education quality

  • Continue to advocate for sufficient funding of the new school finance formula system and advance innovative initiatives

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Signed into law after the 86th Texas Legislative Session, House Bill 3 delivers transformational school finance solutions, increases the state’s share of funding public education from 38 percent to 45 percent and reduces the burdensome cost of recapture.

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View the Interactive District Map

Explore school finance formula by district.

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New School Finance Formula

Easily follow the new school finance formula on just one page.

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White Paper Studies School Finance System

Before the session, the Partnership published this white paper.

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COVID-19 Public Policy Update: April 6, 2020

4/6/20
In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Partnership will provide a daily update on public policies and other newsworthy items from local, state and national levels of government. Executive Summary Over the weekend, the federal government and State of Texas each announced new measures to respond to the public health impacts of COVID-19. At the federal level, the CDC recommended that all Americans should wear fabric masks while in public in order to reduce the spread of the virus. At the state level, Governor Greg Abbott waived regulations to expand the health care workforce in Texas in response to COVID-19. This will allow certain health care candidates for licensure who have completed all other requirements to enter the workforce under supervision during the emergency. The Texas Education Agency has announced that for 2020 state academic accountability, all districts and campuses will receive a label of “Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster.” FederalCDC Mask Recommendations The CDC has announced its recommendation for all Americans to wear fabric masks while in public. Cloth coverings are recommended in lieu of medical grade masks due to the overwhelming shortage of medical masks for health care workers. The recommendation for Americans to wear masks does not replace the social distancing guidelines and should be viewed as in addition to the social distancing measures. Source: CDC Numbers As of Monday morning, Johns Hopkins University is reporting over 337,000 cases, and 9,653 deaths. The U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams warned Americans should prepared for a tragic week, as it is expected for the death toll to increase exponentially this week. State On Friday afternoon, Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference providing an update on the state's increased hospital bed capacity. The state is also preparing to bring additional facilities online to provide supplementary health care if needed. Over the weekend, Governor Abbott held a call with Dr. Anthony Fauci, of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. They discussed the trajectory of COVID-19 in Texas, the current social distancing measures that are to stay in place until April 30th, and the expansion of testing in the state. Dr. Fauci stated that the efforts Texas is taking to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 will help slow the spread and protect public health. On April 5, Governor Abbott waived regulations to expand the health care workforce in Texas in response to COVID-19. This will allow certain health care candidates for licensure who have completed all other requirements to enter the workforce under supervision during the emergency. Numbers As of early morning on April 6: 6,812 cases in Texas. 127 deaths. 152 counties reporting cases. 70,938 tests administered. Public Education A-F Accountability System: The Texas Education Agency has announced that for 2020 state academic accountability, all districts and campuses will receive a label of “Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster.” Higher Education Institution Updates University of St. Thomas is offering medical personnel use of dorm rooms while fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Personnel are expected to start moving in this week. Permanent University Fund is anticipating a decline in growth this year due to sagging oil prices. This will not immediately impact distribution or the promise of free tuition for those households meeting the income threshold. Visit the Partnership's COVID-19 Resource page for updates, guidance for employers and more information. And sign up for daily email alerts from the Partnership as the situation develops. 
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COVID-19 Public Policy Update: April 3, 2020

4/3/20
In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Partnership will provide a daily update on public policies and other newsworthy items from local, state and national levels of government. Executive Summary  All levels of government continue to respond to the economic and public health impacts of COVID-19. At the federal level, the Department of the Treasury and the Small Business Administration issued guidance for the Paycheck Protection Program, the $350 billion initiative through the CARES Act to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. At the state level, Governor Greg Abbott waived some regulations for emergency medical service (EMS) providers, including some license and application renewal requirements to increase EMS worker availability. At the local level, Houston ISD has announced plans to resume meal distribution this Monday and will provide about 500 meals at 4-5 sites daily.  Federal Paycheck Protection Program Launched on Friday The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. On Thursday evening, the Department of the Treasury and Small Business Administration issued guidance for the Paycheck Protection Program. The guidance, sample application and other key resources can be found here: For a top-line overview of the program click here. If you’re a lender, more information can be found here. If you’re a borrower, more information can be found here. Final Borrower Application Form *NEW*  Lender Electronic Data Form *NEW*  Paycheck Protection Program – Interim Final Rule *NEW*  House Committee on Coronavirus Oversight   House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is creating a House Select Committee on the coronavirus response, which will be chaired by Majority Whip Jim Clyburn.  The committee’s focus is stated to be the current status of the federal pandemic response and looking forward, not to address the initial response. However, the Speaker commented there will be a time for review of the initial response at a later date.   The committee will be charged with examining the federal response while ensuring taxpayer dollars are used efficiently and to save lives, deliver relief, and benefit the economy. The committee will have subpoena power according to the Speaker.   Speaker’s Press Release announcing committee formation.  Unemployment   Approximately 6.65 million Americans have filed for unemployment last week, bringing the total claims for the last two weeks to almost 10 million.   Direct Payments to Americans  Within two weeks the first direct deposits will be made.   Social security recipients will not have to file a new tax return. They will qualify for the payment. If one does not have direct deposit, a portal will be made available to provide a process to receive the payment.  Numbers  As of Tuesday afternoon, Johns Hopkins University is reporting over 230,000 cases, and over 5,700 deaths.   State  Governor Greg Abbott waived some regulations for emergency medical service (EMS) providers, including some license and application renewal requirements in an effort to increase EMS worker availability.  Numbers  As of noon on April 2: 4,669 cases in Texas. 70 deaths. 143 counties reporting cases. 50,679 tests administered.  Public Education Houston ISD Food Distribution  Houston ISD has announced plans to resume meal distribution this Monday and will provide about 500 meals at 4-5 sites daily. A map of the food distribution here.  Higher Education  Higher Education Institutions Fall 2020 enrollment forecasts are starting to be reviewed as institutions continue to understand the financial implications of COVID-19.    Policy Implications  $14 billion of the Education Stabilization Fun within the CARES Act will go directly to institutions based a formula which allocates 75% to the full-time enrollment (FTE) of PELL recipients and 25% of non-PELL FTE.  The formula excludes students who were fully online prior to COVID-19.  Visit the Partnership's COVID-19 Resource page for updates, guidance for employers and more information. And sign up for daily email alerts from the Partnership as the situation develops. 
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