TEXAS SUPREME COURT’S RULING ON STATE’S SCHOOL FINANCE SYSTEM UNDERSCORES NEED FOR ACTION TO ADDRESS LOCAL PROPERTY TAXPAYERS, SCHOOL FACILITIES
State’s Fast Growth Schools Continue to Receive Little to No State Support for Facilities
For Immediate Release Contact: Jennifer Harris
May 13, 2016 firstname.lastname@example.org (512) 773-7168
AUSTIN, TEXAS—The following statement on today’s Texas Supreme Court ruling on the state’s school finance system should be attributed to Michelle Smith, Executive Director of the Fast Growth School Coalition:
“The Texas Supreme Court may have decided that our state’s public school finance system is constitutional, but the Texas Legislature can and should work to improve it.
“Today’s ruling does not change the fact that local property taxpayers are carrying an unfair share of the burden. For many of the state’s fastest growing school districts, these schools and their taxpayers receive little and often no support from the state for school buildings to meet the tremendous growth in students.
“It’s time for state funding to reflect the inherent realities and impact of our state’s tremendous population growth, especially as it relates to meeting basic education and infrastructure needs. We need greater flexibility in how local communities manage growth, and local communities need the state to share in the essential funding.”
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The Fast Growth School Coalition (FGSC) is a grassroots organization of school districts interested in finding legislative solutions that help districts cope with the financial and structural demands of their rapidly expanding populations. Learn more online at www.fastgrowthtexas.org or follow on Twitter, @FastGrowthTexas.