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Joint Select Committee on Public School Finance
NOTE: This is archived committee information from the 78th Legislative Session.

Committee Information

Sen. Florence Shapiro —CO-CHAIR
Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr.
Sen. Steve Ogden
Sen. Todd Staples
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

Rep. Kent Grusendorf —CO-CHAIR
Rep. Talmadge Heflin
Rep. Fred Hill
Rep. Vilma Luna
Rep. Kenny Marchant

Carolyn Bacon
Dr. Caroline Hoxby
Jack Ladd
Don McAdams

Cindy Hodges

(512) 463-0355


The following reports are available for download:

Interim Charges

  • The committee shall conduct a study of issues affecting the duty of the legislature to establish and make suitable provision for the support and maintenance of an efficient system of public free schools.
  • The study shall include:
    • a review of the state's revenue system as it relates to the legislature's ability to provide for a constitutional school finance system;
    • an assessment of funding options that will sustain Texas schools for the long term and that will substantially increase the state's share of public school funding;
    • a determination of appropriate funding levels to enable high academic performance;
    • an analysis of legitimate student and school district cost differences;
    • a review of the appropriate role of the state in the provision of school facilities;
    • an examination of strategies and practices that contribute to high academic performance in schools; and
    • a review of possible incentives for improved student performance and cost-effective operation.