Texas House Speaker Promises More School Funding

Dec 8, 2012

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus says lawmakers will fund public schools this session enough to keep up with booming enrollment growth — a $2 billion proposition.

The San Antonio Republican also told The Associated Press on Friday that he hopes the Legislature will restore $4 billion in cuts to schools its members approved in 2011.

Texas' fast-growing population means enrollment in its public schools increases by over 150,000 students per year, requiring an additional $2 billion in the state budget to keep up.

Straus said, "The good news is we're dedicated to doing that." The Legislature reconvenes Jan. 8.

In 2011, lawmakers voted to cut $4 billion from the state's school funding formula. Straus refused to commit to restoring that money, but he said "I hope we can."

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.