Straus Instructs Texas House Committees to Consider Additional School Funding Reforms
06.02.2016 — Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus has announced that he has given two new interim charges to the House Committee on Appropriations and the Committee on Public Education. They read as follows:
Current law requires the elimination on September 1, 2017, of Additional State Aid for Tax Relief (ASATR), which was intended to offset the cost of tax-rate compressions enacted in 2006. Review how this loss of funding would impact school districts.
Study the use of local property taxes to fund public education and its effects on educational quality and on Texas taxpayers. Specifically, recommend ways to reverse the increasing reliance on recapture payments to fund public education statewide.