College Station ISD Hopes for Changes on HB2

By: Jennifer Cavazos
By: Jennifer Cavazos

Gov. Rick Perry has called lawmakers back for another special session after they couldn't agree on a school funding plan.

Lawmakers ended a failed attempt to approve a $2.4 billion education spending plan. And College Station ISD is hoping for a significant change in this next special session.

Texas lawmakers were called to yet another special session, after a compromise couldn't be reached by the House and Senate.

"It takes a litte compromise on everybody's part on the school systems and legislature. We only have so much money to go around and we really hope to get this solved this time - its wearing heavily on everyone," says Representative Fred Brown.

College Station ISD is still not satisfied with some of the provisions in House Bill 2.

Mike Ball, Deputy Superintendent for the district says if it passes, one part of the bill says all public schools must spend 65 percent of their total revenue on direct classroom instruction. That means on core classes like science, math, English and social studies.

"The bill has significantly improved over the first bill that came out for College Station, a swing of about $1.9 million. I think a lot of it that causes great concern for College Station is the fact the state is using average assessments for property values and College Station is saying our assessments are above average."

"We have many different types of communities in the state. We don't really think a one size fits all concept works well in Texas because what might work in college station and do very well might not work in other communities and vise versa," says Ball.

If the bill passes and College Station doesn't receive additional funds the district will have to decide where to cut.

"We've cut almost 100 positions out of our budget. We've been through 2 separate rounds of budget cuts in the last 4 years and we just have to enter round 3 of budget cuts," says Ball.

Texas lawmakers hope the next special session can end quickly. They anticipate a decision by Aug. 1.

In the meantime, College Station will have to wait along with other schools in the state.


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