Schools Face Enormous Cut In Draft Budget

Texas – Texas public schools' budgets would be cut by $5 billion under a preliminary state budget proposal.

The proposal, released late Tuesday, reduces state spending on schools, including a cut to arts education, teacher incentive pay and money for schools to administer steroid testing.

The state's Foundation School Program the pool of money distributed to schools using formulas based on daily attendance would be reduced more than $4 billion. Highlights released with the proposal, however, note that the pool of money would be short almost $10 billion below the amount required to fund the school finance formulas under state law.

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