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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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Houston City Council Members Discuss Economic Development, Resiliency

2/21/20
Providing a great quality of life and building a strong diverse economy was top of mind for four Houston City Council Members at the Greater Houston Partnership on Friday. They addressed a sold-out room at a Future of Texas event and included:  Mayor Pro-Tem Dave Martin, District E Council Member Abbie Kamin, District C Council Member Robert Gallegos, District I Council Member David Robinson, At-Large Position 2 Here are highlights from the discussion: Great Quality of Life: Building a more resilient Houston after Hurricane Harvey Council Members discussed the city’s response to Hurricane Harvey and how to build a more resilient Houston. Mayor Pro Tem Dave Martin discussed the city’s work with state and federal partners to secure funding for Houston's flood resilience. He highlighted the Partnership’s Washington D.C. Fly-In next week as an opportunity to advance priorities in the region’s flood resilience with federal partners. Council Member Abbie Kamin discussed the City’s new Resilient Houston strategic plan, which will institutionalize resiliency planning in city departments and serve as a blueprint for flood mitigation and overall resilience in the City of Houston over the next decade. Strong, Diverse Economy: Economic Development in the City of Houston City Council Members discussed their priorities for the energy transition and economic development in the City of Houston. As Chair of City Council's Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure Committee, Council Member David Robinson talked about the importance of the development of the Ion as a center for innovation in Houston and transit-oriented economic development. Council Member Abbie Kamin touched on energy transition. She highlighted the Partnership’s strategic focus, which Partnership 2020 Board Chair, Bobby Tudor, Chairman, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co., announced at the Partnership’s Annual Meeting in January. His remarks are available here. Council Member Kamin discussed the city’s renewable energy portfolio and her priorities for how the city can support the energy transition.  Homelessness in Houston During Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s inaugural address earlier this year, he announced an initiative to continue addressing Houston’s homeless challenge. During the Future of Texas panel discussion, Houston City Council Members also discussed their priorities for housing and supporting Houston’s homeless. As the Chair of the City Council Quality of Life Committee, Council Member Robert Gallegos, discussed potential policies to address Houston’s homeless challenge. Parks and Green Spaces Council Member Gallegos highlighted key parks and green space expansions and improvements within the City of Houston that are underway or soon to be completed. He expressed his support of the 50/50 Parks Partners initiative to uplift 50 neighborhood parks within the City of Houston. He also described the importance of connecting transit with parks, focusing on his effort to connect downtown Houston with Memorial Park, which is in the midst of a $200 million Master Plan improvement.  Next Month: Future of Texas On March 27, the Partnership will host its next Future of Texas panel focused on Higher Education and Workforce Development. The Future of Texas series, which is a part of our Business Resource Group (BRG), features elected officials shaping our state's future, giving Partnership members the opportunity to engage with these leaders and hear their perspectives on our city and state's most pressing issues. Learn more here.
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Education

Public Education Committee Hosts Panel of Educators

2/5/20
On January 24, the Partnership's Public Education Advisory Committee, chaired by Andy Waite, Co-President, SCF Partners, hosted a panel discussion featuring public educators in Houston. Sarah Tredway, an ESL Kindergarten Teacher at Baker-Ripley Elementary, Adrian Hudson a Fourth Grade Math Teacher at Sinclair Elementary, and Jennifer Collier the Principal at Spring Woods High School, met with members of the committee to discuss recruitment to the teaching profession, teacher retention and the impact of the passage of House Bill 3, Texas' school finance reform legislation, on their work.  Tredway and Hudson opened the discussion by highlighting the importance of having strong teacher mentors when they joined the teaching profession. Collier presented an overarching strategy to recruit and retain teachers by providing support to develop teachers individually. She highlighted successful methods to improve teacher retention, including hiring a teacher support specialist, who focuses on supporting new teachers, and she discussed incentivizing successful teachers to continue to teach. Hudson discussed the importance of facilitated peer-to-peer collaboration and mentoring, whereby teachers can learn strategies from each other and apply them in the classroom. He also expressed an interest in partnering with the business community to create opportunities for students to learn about careers in the region. Regarding the passage of House Bill 3, Tredway applauded the increased funding for early childhood literacy. She discussed the positive impacts it will have on her students and how it can improve student outcomes in early childhood and beyond. Hudson and Collier echoed the appreciation for the increase in new state funding for public education, particularly in support of teachers.  The committee will continue to develop forums like this to engage with educators and classrooms.  To learn more about the Public Education Advisory Committee, click here. For more information about the Partnership's priorities for improving student outcomes, click here. 
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