Sunday, August 21, 2005

Senator: School finance will continue to be an issue - Local News - 08/21/2005 - Senator: School finance will continue to be an issue: "Although school finance reform remains unsolved by the Texas Legislature, Sen. Kel Seliger said it's an issue that won't go away.

'As a practical matter, it's never going away,' Seliger said. 'We can just hope to make meaningful reform as Texas changes. Our reliance on property taxes is no longer the way to fund schools' in a 53 percent service economy.

The $33 billion system educates 4.3 million children and every Texas homeowner helps pay for it with property taxes, the Associated Press reports. Lawmakers failed to pass reforms in regular sessions in 2003 and 2005.

Seliger said people can at first agree on what to do about a problem, but the details make it difficult. House Speaker Tom Craddick, R-Midland, had proposed ending the session earlier this month. Neither the speaker nor his office would comment on the end of the session Friday."


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