April 11, 2018      2:06 PM
Grusendorf: "We need more money," the dilemma of school finance
Former House Public Ed Chair Grusendorf says there are no easy answers to funding the current school system and that it has “been structured to meet the needs of adults at the expense of students. That is not surprising since adults vote, and students do not.”
to recent testimony before the new Commission on Public School Finance
you were assured of hearing one common theme –“ We Need
More Money.” Virtually every
education interest group testified to the fact.
no one could tell the Commission how much money is enough.
is not new. In fact, if you were around in in 1984 when HB 72 (the bill by which
Texas moved from the Personnel Unit system to the current
weighted-student funding system) was passed into law, you would have heard the
same common theme: “We need more money.”
truth is, you can go back even further.
Former Rep. Kent Grusendorf,
a Republican from Arlington, was a Chairman of the Texas House Education Committee, worked on “school choice” issues
at the Texas Public Policy Foundation,
and was most recently a contributor to the New
Leadership PAC, which sought to unseat incumbent GOP members of the Texas
His full column can be found
in the R&D Department.
By Kent Grusendorf