Wednesday, June 29, 2005

House approves education overhaul | News for Denton, Texas | AP: Texas: "The Texas House late Tuesday approved an education reform plan that also lowers school property taxes for Texas homeowners.

Now, they're left with the task of paying for the promised tax relief.

The plan approved Tuesday would alter the way schools operate in a variety of areas. Teachers would get a raise and could soon teach using digital technology instead of textbooks, and all classes would start the day after Labor Day.

The classroom overhaul legislation is the first part of a package of school funding legislation that brought lawmakers back to the Capitol this summer for a 30-day special session.

Lawmakers haven't yet decided how they'll pay for accompanying legislation to pay for reduced property taxes.

After hitting a dead end with the most recent tax scheme, Republican House Speaker Tom Craddick said he's e-mailed a new list of tax options to members, and a meeting to consider them is scheduled for Wednesday morning."


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