Legislators have until May 30th to get their bills to Governor Perry.
Next week, appointed members from the Senate and House will take both versions of the school finance reform bill and craft one piece of legislation to send to the governor.
The Senate proposal adds $2.9 billion to the public school system while the House version adds $3 billion. Both bills cut school property taxes to $1.10 per $100 property valuation. Teachers would get a $3,000 pay raise with both versions. Both bills mandate the Tuesday after Labor Day as a uniform school start date.
The Senate plan requires 65% of school budgets be spent in the classroom. The House plan restructures transportation funding so schools get money based on miles driven rather than on a per-student basis.
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