(Austin, Texas) — Following the release of Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s Biennial Revenue Estimate, and on the eve of the 2023 legislative session, the Texas School Alliance released the following statement, which can be attributed to Texas School Alliance President Brian Woods and Executive Director HD Chambers:

“The performance of the economy has put Texas in a strong position, with billions of dollars in surplus revenue in the state treasury. Local school districts agree with elected leaders who want to use some of the surplus revenue for additional property-tax relief because we have seen the heavy burden that rising property values place on the backs of homeowners. We also believe there is an urgent need to make a significant investment in public education as schools struggle with educator shortages and everyday costs driven higher by inflation. Our schools need help, and legislators have a golden opportunity to step up and do what’s right for Texas students. At this unique moment in history, Texas legislators have an opportunity to provide needed relief for homeowners while also making investments in students — our future workforce — that will help secure continued economic success for this state.”

The Texas School Alliance (TSA) is a school district member organization that comprises 45 school districts in Texas and educates more than 2.2 million students or 41 percent of the state’s total enrollment. As a superintendent-led organization, TSA utilizes a thorough process to research and consider significant policy issues – ranging from school finance to teaching and learning to assessment and accountability. TSA also studies specific topics and works on issues that will improve educational quality for Texas students, particularly those in large and urban districts. Our members cover the breadth of Texas’ geographic expanse, with members from the Rio Grande Valley to the Texas Panhandle, from near the eastern border to far west Texas. The membership includes urban, mid-urban, and city- town districts and includes school districts that are both property wealthy and property poor. More information is available at TexasSchoolAlliance.org.

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