Bill Text: TX HB1280 | 2017-2018 | 85th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to the distribution to school districts of the annual apportionment of the available school fund.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-02-23 - Referred to Public Education [HB1280 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-HB1280-Introduced.html
  85R6270 KKA-D
 
  By: González of El Paso H.B. No. 1280
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the distribution to school districts of the annual
  apportionment of the available school fund.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 42.251(b), Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (b)  The program shall be financed by:
               (1)  ad valorem tax revenue generated by an equalized
  uniform school district effort;
               (2)  ad valorem tax revenue generated by local school
  district effort in excess of the equalized uniform school district
  effort; and
               (3)  [state available school funds distributed in
  accordance with law; and
               [(4)]  state funds appropriated for the purposes of
  public school education and allocated to each district in an amount
  sufficient to finance the cost of each district's Foundation School
  Program not covered by other funds specified in this subsection.
         SECTION 2.  Sections 42.253(a) and (c), Education Code, are
  amended to read as follows:
         (a)  For each school year the commissioner shall determine:
               (1)  the amount of money to which a school district is
  entitled under Subchapters B and C;
               (2)  the amount of money to which a school district is
  entitled under Subchapter F;
               (3)  [the amount of money allocated to the district
  from the available school fund;
               [(4)]  the amount of each district's tier one local
  share under Section 42.252; and
               (4) [(5)]  the amount of each district's tier two local
  share under Section 42.302.
         (c)  Each school district is entitled to an amount equal to
  the difference for that district between the sum of Subsections
  (a)(1) and (a)(2) and the sum of Subsections (a)(3) and [,] (a)(4)[,
  and (a)(5)].
         SECTION 3.  Section 43.001, Education Code, is amended by
  amending Subsection (c) and adding Subsection (c-1) to read as
  follows:
         (c)  The term "scholastic population" in Subsection (b) or
  any other law governing the apportionment, distribution, and
  transfer of the available school fund means all students of school
  age enrolled in weighted average daily attendance the preceding
  school year in the public elementary and high school grades of
  school districts within or under the jurisdiction of a county of
  this state.
         (c-1)  The amount provided to a school district as a result
  of the annual apportionment of the available school fund in
  accordance with Subsection (b) is in addition to amounts to which
  the district is entitled under Chapter 42. 
         SECTION 4.  Section 45.259(d), Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (d)  If money appropriated for the Foundation School Program
  is used for purposes of this subchapter and as a result there is
  insufficient money to fully fund the Foundation School Program, the
  commissioner shall, to the extent necessary, reduce each school
  district's foundation school fund allocations[, other than any
  portion appropriated from the available school fund,] in the same
  manner provided by Section 42.253(h) for a case in which school
  district entitlements exceed the amount appropriated.  The
  following fiscal year, a district's entitlement under Section
  42.253 is increased by an amount equal to the reduction under this
  subsection.
         SECTION 5.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2017.
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