An overwhelming majority of Texas school districts would see more funding for students over the next two years if a House plan passes.

The chair of the House public education committee unveiled his school finance fix bill Tuesday, which would pour three billion extra dollars into classrooms.  Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock said if his 13-part plan passes, he thinks the current lawsuit against the state over the way it funds public education would be dismissed.

“I think it does the right thing for kids and I think when people look at it, they’ll begin to see it,” said Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock (R – TX House District 54).

Rep. Aycock stressed the bill would increase funding for 94% of kids in the state, and would increase per-student funding to poorer districts more than it does wealthy ones.

“There’s some that are property wealthy, there’s some that are making less tax effort and then there’s that unfortunate few that we just haven’t been able to fix,” Rep. Aycock said.

Most of the plan involves boosting the so-called “basic allotment,” or formula funding. Aycock calls it the fairest of the distribution methods the state uses to divvy up dollars, and others agreed.

“Anytime the more people you have inside the formula, if the formula is done correctly, the better the system,” said Ray Freeman with the Equity Center.

For their part, AISD officials say they like what they see. AISD Board of Trustee Member Julie Cowan said, “By taking away a lot of these weights, small little measures and then putting it all into the basic allotment, it looks like AISD might receive some additional funding per student.”

Under the plan, Austin ISD, for example, would see its per-student funding levels rise 464 dollars in 2016 and 466 in 2017. But the plan to boost funding for these students faces an uphill climb with only two months left to get the Senate on board. Aycock says his committee will hear public testimony on his proposal next week.

 

To see how much money each school district would get in fiscal year 2016, click here.

To see how much money each school district would get in fiscal year 2017, click here.