Texas House Eyes Bump In Current School Funding

AUSTIN (March 21, 2013)—Financially strapped public schools could receive another $500 million for the remainder of the school year under a proposal in the Texas House.

Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, said Thursday he wants to give Texas classrooms another half-billion dollars through a supplemental spending bill.

Pitts, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, says the money could help schools pay for security, maintenance or even hire new faculty.

Budget-slashing lawmakers in 2011 cut public school spending by a historic $5.4 billion.

The House budget for the next biennium calls for reversing $1.5 billion of the cuts, and Pitts says giving schools more money now would put a total of $2 billion back in classrooms.

The proposal from Pitts comes a day after the Senate passed a $195.5 billion two-year budget proposal.

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