The League of Women Voters-Comal Area (LWV-CA) and the New Braunfels Public Library invite the public to a presentation, “School Finance: Working Well?” on Thursday, January 19th at 7:00 p.m., at Library, 700 E. Common St., New Braunfels.
Chandra Villanueva, Policy Analyst
with the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP), will be presenting an
overview of current financing of public schools in Texas, and possible
alternatives being considered during the Texas 85th Legislative Session, which
began January 10th.
“The forecast is for many
legislative debates in Austin over school choice and property tax relief,”
predicted Roxanna Deane, president of LWV-CA. “We are inviting the public to
get the facts about the impacts of these possible changes before deciding where
they stand on the issues.”
Ms. Villanueva will explain the
current role of property taxes in the school finance system and the impact of
Homestead Exemptions on local school property tax collections. She will also
describe the role of the Foundation School Program and the recapture process
known as “Robin Hood” funding.
Looking at prospective bills in the
upcoming legislative session, Ms. Villanueva will describe a proposal for
funding school choice through educational savings accounts. She will explain
the possible impacts of the tax credit scholarship and also compare the pros
and cons of school choice for private schools, charter schools, and home
“We are pleased to bring Ms.
Villanueva to our community for this forum,” added Deane. “CPPP has been
analyzing the school finance system in Texas for decades, with a view to
improve equity in funding for all students. Some people have concerns about
property tax rates; other people have concerns about the possible use of public
funding for private education. Ms. Villanueva will be addressing all of these
For more information about the program, call
the library at 830-221-4300.