By Scott Niven
Scott Niven is a CPA and has been Superintendent of the Red Oak ISD since 2007.
(Written in partnership with Friends of Texas Public Schools)
The reality is that the 82nd Texas Legislature will long be remembered as the first Texas Legislature to lower funding for public education in more than 60 years. To understand what happened we must compare both the legislative appropriations and the school finance funding formula in the 81st and 82nd legislative sessions. The source of the financial information used in this article is from the Legislative Budget Board – Summary of Conference Committee Report on House Bill, as well as discussions with Joe Wysnoski at Moak, Casey, and Associates.
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