Education Policy

Fair Funding Now!

In the spring of 2011, Texas lawmakers cut $6.4 billion for public education. They left the rainy day fund untapped. And given the chance to end funding disparities, they walked away – pushing millions of Texas children aside.

That summer, 12,000 teachers got pink slips.

In the fall of 2011, our children went to school with more crowded classrooms. Qualified college students lost scholarship funds.

In 2011, the largest school finance case in the state’s history, Texas Taxpayer and Student Fairness Coalition vs. Williams, was filed consisting of 443 public school districts and representing more than 1.5 million school children. Below is a general timeline and links to IDRA statements with related resources. Learn more and get highlights.

State legislators had the opportunity in the 2017 session to take action to provide equitable funding for all Texas children and reduce funding gaps across the state. But they did not. Beginning July 18, 2017, legislators returned for a special session, with education as part of their focus.

Communities across the state are taking action to make sure that schools are equipped to guarantee that all children graduate ready for college and career. Fair Funding Now! is an initiative of IDRA to help.

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In the spring of 2011, Texas lawmakers cut $6.4 billion for public education. They left the rainy day fund untapped. And given the chance to end funding disparities, they walked away – pushing millions of Texas children aside. That summer, 12,000 teachers got...

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Texas Taxpayer and Student Fairness Coalition vs. Michael Williams, et al., Court Case

In 2011, the largest school finance case in the state’s history, Texas Taxpayer and Student Fairness Coalition vs. Williams, was filed consisting of 443 public school districts and representing more than 1.5 million school children. Below is a general timeline...

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Google Maps of Funding Cuts in Texas

County Map Here is a map of the school funding cuts by Texas county (2011 to 2013). School District Map Here is a map of funding cuts to Texas school districts (2011 to 2013).   How are funding cuts affecting your school? Your...

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Handouts and Tools for Action

Here are three things you can do right away! 1. Build Knowledge-Power: Share data on funding cuts, widely Details about the school funding cuts has not reached many families and communities across the state. You can help by putting concrete...

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Share your story…

How are cuts & inequities affecting your school and community?

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