Time to Act: Why We Need the State To Ho-Ho-Hold Schools Harmless This December

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Our latest podcast explains what the “hold harmless” does, why it won’t break the budget, and how schools are worried, for lack of a better description, that they might find nothing but coal in their stocking this year if the state doesn’t act.

This school year, due to the pandemic, Texas public schools have seen steep enrollment declines that could have impacted their budgets. Thankfully the state has stepped in, and rather than funding schools based on their average daily attendance numbers, they opted to fund schools based on historical attendance data, something called “hold harmless.”

Unfortunately, the hold harmless funding model is set to expire on Dec. 31, and if it does, schools could be forced to make some pretty severe cuts.

Read the podcast transcript here.

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