School finance is dead, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick administered the poison

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The following op-ed by Fort Bend ISD school board president Kristin Tassin tells the truth and reflects my personal frustration with the 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and a majority of state senators killed a critical bill that would have made significant improvements in funding for our neighborhood schools.

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School finance is dead, and Patrick administered the poison

By Kristin Tassin Special to the Austin American-Statesman, June 10, 2017

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick claims he is appalled that the Texas House would reject the Senate’s version of House Bill 21, a major piece of school finance legislation. What’s really appalling is how the Senate mutilated the school finance bill as soon as it had the chance.

State Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, authored HB 21 to address the school funding system, which the Texas Supreme Court called an “ossified regime ill-suited for 21st-century Texas.” HB 21 may not have been perfect, but it did provide significant additional funding to help schools through the next two years — until the system could, hopefully, be “upended” by the Legislature, as suggested by the court.

But in the hands of the Senate and Patrick, HB 21 became nothing more than a vehicle for passing school vouchers, a major political item on Patrick’s “to do” list this session. He claims to be appalled at the final result — but is he really surprised that the House is rejecting his version of HB 21?

I personally heard him say before the legislative session started that there would be no more money for public schools. How can he now act as if he bears none of the responsibility? Let’s set the record straight. Patrick claims:

It appears that the lieutenant governor was unwilling to listen to the many ideas shared by voices from throughout our state, but instead plowed forward with his own political agenda. We went to Austin and offered solutions that would help all kids.

Lt. Gov. Patrick refused to listen — and now that HB 21 is dead, he has no one to blame but himself.

(Tassin is president of the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees)

 

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