‘School choice’ change to finance bill begins high stakes negotiations (VIDEO)

‘School choice’ change to finance bill begins high stakes negotiations (VIDEO)

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — State lawmakers are running out of time. They’ve only got two more weeks to nail down a school finance plan. The Texas House passed a $1.6 billion revamp, but the Senate just shook things up.

Earlier this year, the Texas House-led by Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, banned public dollars for private schools. Instead, they approved a plan by Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, to raise all public school money. But Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and the Senate will not fix school finance without some tax dollars in private hands.

Senate Education chair Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, put it in writing last week. Parents of students with special needs would get a little more than $8,300 a year.

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