Special to the PRESS
The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce Business Services Education and Training Committee announced the new Executive Director of the Texas School Coalition, Christy Rome, has agreed to be the guest speaker at the next Quarterly Public Affairs Luncheon scheduled for Thursday, May 3 at Pearl South Padre.
In 1949, the concept of local control entered the public school finance system when Texas Legislature adopted the Gilmer-Aikin Act. For the first time, funding from local tax bases was recognized as the key to allowing local districts to flourish.
However, the current school finance system is making it extremely difficult for local communities to devote extra resources to their schools. Districts must have the meaningful discretion to make decisions that reflect the values of their local community. Local discretion is lost when payments to the state reach 50 percent or more.
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