Lawmakers sacrificed school funding to block school vouchers, but the issue could be debated again in a special session. Districts will get new funds for school safety, though Uvalde families were ultimately left disappointed with inaction on gun restrictions.
With a historic $32.7 billion budget surplus on hand, some lawmakers had the cash and optimism at the beginning of this year’s legislative session to tackle some of the biggest issues regarding public schools, like teacher shortages and school funding.
School safety measures
Extra cash for retired teachers
Source: Texas Tribune BY BRIAN LOPEZ
Photo: Students sit in their classroom on the first day of in-person classes at Highland Village Elementary on Sept. 8, 2020. Credit: Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune