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SB 1 - General Appropriations Bill (2017 regular session)
Provides $216.75 billion in all funds for 2018–2019, an increase of $359.4 million for the biennium. The state’s General Revenue budget is $106.7 billion, which is a decrease of $1.28 billion from the previous biennium.
The state used $3.6 billion in local school district value growth along with a payment delay of $1.8 billion to the state’s highway fund and $988 million from the Rainy Day Fund to help fund the state’s budget. The Rainy Day Fund is estimated to be $11 billion.
The state provided $2.7 billion to fund enrollment growth along with an increase in the Austin Yield of $1.5 billion, but overall funding for public education decreased by $1.38 billion from the prior biennium.
Highlights of SB 1 include:
- Basic Allotment $5,140 (no change)
- Austin Yield increases from $77.53 to $99.41 in 2017–2018 and to $106.28 in 2018–2019
- NIFA $47.5 million
- $75 million for rapid property value decline (more than 4 percent)
- Increases school district contributions to TRS-Care from 0.55 percent to 0.75 percent of active employee payroll ($133.9 million)
- Eliminates all funding for the state’s High-Quality Pre-K grant program from the prior biennium
- $11 million for the Student Success Initiative, down from $31.7 million in the prior budget
- $9 million for Texas Math Academies, down from $22.8 million in the prior budget
- $23,750 million for education service centers, down from $25 million in the prior budget
- $800,00 for Texas Virtual School Network, down from $8 million in the prior budget
- $11 million for Teach for America, down from $12 million in the prior budget
- $14.6 million for the Texas AP Initiative, down from $16.3 million in the prior budget
- $3.5 million for the Early Child School Readiness program (half of what was appropriated in the prior budget)
- $20 million for open source instructional materials, an increase of $10 million from the prior budget
- $2.9 million for School Improvement and Governance, down from $3.5 million in the prior budget
- $1.3 million for Amachi, down from $2.5 million in the prior budget
Earliest effective date: September 1, 2017