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Thursday, January 9 • 9:45am - 10:55am
Texas School Finance: Finding Real Efficiency and Stopping the Cycle of Litigation

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Texas’ property tax driven, WADA based school finance structure has been repeatedly established as legally unstable over the last few decades. The state has endured a long series of lawsuits over the means and levels at which it funds its public free schools, but the legal wrangling has yet to produce a sustainable system. We will discuss how the school finance process can be taken out of the court rooms and put back in the hands of the Legislature, as well as meaningful reforms that could be implemented to bring true efficiency to Texas’ public schools.


Moderators
avatar for James Golsan

James Golsan

Policy analyst for the Center for Education Policy, Texas Public Policy Foundation
James Golsan is an education policy analyst at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He joined the Foundation’s Center for Education Policy in October 2010 and contributes to the following issues: K-12 education growth; public education reform; and private school choice. Prior to joining the Foundation, Golsan completed his Master’s of Arts degree in English at Texas Tech University. His article, “The Detective as Superhero: A... Read More →

Speakers
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Representative James Frank

Texas House of Representatives
A longtime resident of Wichita Falls, James graduated from Rider High School and then later earned a degree in Finance from Texas A&M University. He then began an eleven year career in banking in Fort Worth and Wichita Falls. In 2000, James ventured into business with the help of local investors by purchasing a local metal fabrication business, BW Fabricators. Since that time, the company now known as Sharp Iron Group has grown through... Read More →
avatar for Gary Godsey

Gary Godsey

Executive Director, Association of Texas Professional Educators
Gary G. Godsey currently serves as the executive director of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), the preeminent public educator association in the state of Texas and the largest independent education association in the nation. Gary was named to the role in May 2013. As ATPE’s executive director, Gary leads a team of more than 70 staff members who work to serve the needs of Texas public school educators and... Read More →
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The Honorable Kent Grusendorf

Executive Director, Texans for Real Efficiency and Equity in Education (TREE)
Kent Grusendorf was born near Abilene in Stanford, Texas, grew up in Waco and went to Arlington to attend college with only a band scholarship and $90 in his pocket.  He spent most of his professional life in Arlington as a businessman and successful entrepreneur.  He represented Arlington for twenty years, 1987-2007, in the Texas legislature where his primary interest and focus was education.   During his tenure in the... Read More →


Thursday January 9, 2014 9:45am - 10:55am
Capitol View Terrace North and South

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