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School Finance Commission to Consider Expenditure Workgroup Recommendations

09.19.2018 — The Texas Commission on Public School Finance will meet Tuesday, September 25, at 10 a.m., in Capitol Extension E1.012 to consider the Expenditure Working Group's recommendations, which reallocate $5.3 billion to current and new programs by:

  • Eliminating the Cost-of-Education Index (CEI) – $2.9 billion
  • Eliminating the 1993 hold harmless provision – $30 million
  • Eliminating Chapter 41 early agreement credit – $50 million
  • Eliminating the gifted and talented allotment – $165 million
  • Eliminating the high school allotment – $400 million
  • Shifting from prior year to current year property values – $1.8 billion
  • Moving the compensatory education allotment weight from 0.2 to 0.225–0.275 based on the concentration of economically disadvantaged students – $1.12 billion
  • Amending the small and mid-size adjustment – up to $400 million
  • Expanding Career and Technical Education (CTE) funding to sixth through eighth grade – $20 million
  • Extending the transportation allotment to Chapter 41 districts – $60 million
  • Moving from linear density for the transportation allotment to $0.80 per mile – cost TBD
  • Increasing New Instructional Facility Allotment (NIFA) funding by $76 million
  • Creating a dual-language allotment weight of 0.15 weight – $15 to $50 million
  • Creating a dyslexia allotment weight of 0.1 – $100 million
  • Creating a K-3 weight for economically disadvantaged and English Language Learner (ELL) students of 0.1 – $780 million
  • Creating a third-grade reading achievement bonus weight of 0.4 – $400 million
  • Creating a college, career, and military readiness bonus – $400 million
  • Creating a teacher incentive pay program – $100 million
  • Creating an extended year summer pilot – $50 million

Another suggestion from the working group included increasing the basic allotment, but no amount was discussed. Additionally, the working group recommends indexing the Tier II guaranteed yield to the basic allotment and decoupling the Tier II golden pennies from the Austin ISD yield and indexing them to the 95th percentile.

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