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TASBO Legislative Update. Presented by Moak, Casey & Associates. Agenda. Litigation Update State Budget Update MCA Survey on Staffing School Finance Data Where from Here. Litigation Update. Litigant Groups. The Texas Taxpayer and Student Fairness Coalition Thompson Plaintiffs MALDEF

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tasbo legislative update

TASBO Legislative Update

Presented by

Moak, Casey & Associates

  • Litigation Update
  • State Budget Update
  • MCA Survey on Staffing
  • School Finance Data
  • Where from Here
litigant groups
Litigant Groups
  • The Texas Taxpayer and Student Fairness Coalition
  • Thompson Plaintiffs
  • Chapter 41
  • Suitability / GDK
  • Equity
  • State Ad Valorem Tax
  • Rationality
suitability gdk
Suitability / GDK
  • How good does our education system have to be to meet the general diffusion of knowledge standard of the Texas constitution?
  • Is the cost of adequacy under the current system a suitable subject for judicial determination?
  • How do the evolving state standards work into the equation?
  • Do the outdated cost measures impair the adequacy of the system?
  • Equity component to adequacy claim.
  • Is the degradation of system equity since 2004 severe enough to warrant court intervention?
  • What weight does the state commitment to eliminate target revenue by 2017 have?
  • Should the yield for debt service be included in the court’s analysis of tax equity?
  • Given the standard of equity up to the GDK level, should the lack of recapture for a portion of “enrichment” be considered?
state ad valorem tax
State Ad Valorem Tax
  • Do the revenue reductions of the 2011 Legislature offset the “meaningful discretion” afforded by $1.17?
  • Do districts at $1.17 have meaningful discretion to enrich?
  • Should the effective combination of limited voter appeal and the potential for recapture be considered in the analysis?
  • Presented from multiple wealth perspectives
  • Does a separate but unequal funding scheme constitute “suitable” and “efficient” provision?
  • Does the use of 1980s’ weights and adjustments provide the state with a rational basis for funding public education?
  • Are the state long term commitments to adjust standards and financing sufficient?
other litigation observations
Other Litigation Observations
  • Constitutional challenges as an element in a larger debate
  • Proclivity of the court to grant state discretion in all but clear “out of bounds” situations
  • Need for a clear constitutional priority for public education funding
  • Anticipate district court trial late summer / early fall
  • Beware of the request
state budget outlook
State Budget Outlook
  • Some good news
    • $6.5 billion left in state Rainy Day Fund based on revenue projections and state adopted budget
    • State likely closes last biennium with $1.7 billion surplus
    • Sales tax collections continue to grow

Moak, Casey & Associates

state budget outlook13
State Budget Outlook
  • Concerns
    • 82nd session one-time funding measures won’t be available for second use:
      • FSP payment delay: $2.0 to $2.3 billion
      • Speed-up of tax collections $700 million
    • Unfunded Medicaid commitment: $4.8 billion
    • Sales tax collections just approaching 2008 levels
    • Continued need for funding for student enrollment growth, population growth

Moak, Casey & Associates

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MCA Survey on Staffing
  • Included 60 districts, 39 percent of students
  • Respondent enrollment growth 17,593 students
  • Employing 9,586 fewer total staff (3,219 fewer teachers)
  • 11,833 more staff needed to maintain prior year staffing ratios
  • Extrapolated statewide, 32,000 more staff needed to maintain old staffing rations (12,000 teachers)
  • Most expect cuts to continue next year
growth in revenue 2005 2009
Growth in Revenue 2005-2009

Moak, Casey & Associates


Lynn M. Moak

Daniel T. Casey


Amanda Brownson, Ph. D.

Chris Grammer

Bob Popinski

Larry Throm

Maria Whitsett, Ph. D.

Joe Wisnoski

Kathy Mathias

Larry Groppel, Ed. D.

Thomas V. Alvis, Ph. D.


Susan Moak

Kari Ruehman

Administrative Staff

400 West 15th Street, Suite 1410, Austin, Texas 78701-1648

Ph. (512) 485-7878 Fax (512) 485-7888


Moak, Casey & Associates