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Proposed House budget shows large funding increase for Texas schools

Those changes to the school finance system would make schools more equal, so that richer areas wouldn’t have better schools than less wealthy ones.

The Texas House is releasing its proposed budget Tuesday morning, showing a nearly $7 billion increase in public school funding.

Budget proposal documents on state’s website show that schools in the Lone Star State would get about a 17 percent increase in public education funding.

That could create an even playing field in the Borderland so that schools near wealthier neighborhoods won’t outdo poorer ones.

A budget summary on the state’s website shows the Lone Star State’s public education budget would be $70.6 billion from 2020 to 2021, but only under certain circumstances.

The Texas Tribune says the state would only approve the increase if lawmakers can change the current funding system and slow the growth of property taxes.

Those changes to the school finance system would make schools more equal, so that richer areas wouldn’t have better schools than less wealthy ones.

Ashley Nañez graduated from Franklin high school and says “I don’t think it’s fair that people from the Lower Valley or lower income schools get worse funding, or just the way they teach them compared to schools that have more money.”

She continues, “I think everybody should be taught the same, so that when they go and apply anywhere else, even out of state, they don’t feel discriminated against.”

As a concluding thought, Nañez says, “Invest in the students and you invest in the future.”

The budget’s online summary shows the House budget decreases state funding for Health Care and Human Services by about $1,100 and Medicaid for the poor and disabled by about $1.4 billion.

The Tribune says the Texas Senate is expected to unveil its budget proposal Tuesday.

The Texas budget is required to pass by May.

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