Dec. 7-10 • Omni Fort Worth
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Despite a constitutional provision that envisions the state paying for instructional materials for all students, many Texas parents are having to come up with the money in the form of local taxes.
To get a feel for the magnitude of the problem, IMCAT has launched a survey for Texas school districts and open enrollment charter school. Let us know who much of your local money you had to spend by clicking here to take a brief survey.
The Texas Constitution, Article VII, Section 3, requires the State Board of Education to set aside sufficient money to provide free textbooks for all children attending public schools in the state.
Later interpretations, notably a 1975 attorney general’s opinion, have blunted the thrust of the constitutional provision. According to that interpretation: yes, the SBOE has to come up with the money, but the Legislature doesn’t have to spend it that way.
This is regularly lamented at SBOE meetings, where SBOE members of all political stripes say they raise the money for free instructional materials, but the Legislature (as a result of SB6 in 2011) only spends half of it.
“This clearly isn’t what the framers of the Texas Constitution had in mind when they drafted Article VII, Section 3,” said IMCAT Executive Director Cliff Avery. “We hope that other districts will share their stories so we can demonstrate to our lawmakers about how the constitution is being ignored.”
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