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Texas Legislature Opens Special Session

2011 May 31
by HISD Communications

Late last week, it seemed as though members of the Texas House and Senate had reached an agreement to cut $4 billion from public education. What we did not know at the time of my last blog entry was that State Senator Wendy Davis of Fort Worth would use the filibuster to keep that school finance bill from coming to a vote in the Senate. She publically read letters from constituents pleading with her to preserve funding for Texas schools, and she listed the names of dozens of districts that would lose millions of dollars under the plan. As Senator Davis spoke, the clock ran out and the legislative session came to a close.

As you know, HISD has been bracing for deep funding cuts. The district is required by law to adopt a budget by June 30. We are continuing our budget planning process as legislators return to the State Capitol for the start of their special session. I want to once again extend my thanks to the lawmakers who are fighting to properly fund Texas schools. We are committed to working with you to develop a fair and equitable funding system for public education.

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