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9/2/2020 1:40 PM in

View the latest COVID-19-related webinars from Moak, Casey & Associates, as well as find links and contact info to various state and federal agencies.

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3/20/2020 12:58 PM in

Moak, Casey & Associates will continue to serve as a resource for you during this uncertain time.  

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3/8/2018 2:39 PM in

UPDATE 3/8/18: Texas sent its' final ESSA plan to USDE on March 6.  Attached to this article is a user-friendly table that shows 'what's out, what's in and what's final' regarding the changes made to various assessment and accountability indicators since Sept.

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1/16/2018 12:09 PM in

Governor Abbott released a blueprint for his new property tax relief reform.  The 33 page report calls for several new changes to the property tax process, including a limit on property tax revenue growth of 2.5 percent for political subdivisions, including school districts.  

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10/23/2017 3:18 PM in

Speaker Straus adds an assortment of interim charges to his list of Harvey-related charges.

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9/1/2017 1:43 PM in

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8/29/2017 4:02 PM in

The Texas Education Agency has posted a central website hub for districts related to Hurricane Harvey.  

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7/17/2017 1:03 PM in

The following is an opinion article from Moak, Casey and Associates.

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5/24/2017 9:36 AM in

Education Week has been a great resource for Trump's proposed education budget.  The most recent blog post describes how the policies would impact the states with the most disadvantaged students.  

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5/11/2017 10:59 AM in

Please find attached the Senate Committee Substitute for HB 21. 

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3/6/2017 5:06 PM in

This afternoon Dan Huberty, chairman of the House Public Education Committee, addressed the press concerning HB 21, a school finance bill which he filed today.  The LBB released models of the new school finance plan as well.

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2/22/2017 11:18 AM in

Forty-four days into the 85th Legislative Session (96 days remaining), the budget process is still in its initial stages.  Both the Senate and House Committees and the respective subcommittees and working groups have heard public testimony. MCA has prepared an updated overview. 

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1/18/2017 4:33 PM in

The Lt. Governor announced the members of the Senate committees today. Sen. Taylor will be the chair of the Senate Education Committee.  For more details please view the document.  

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1/10/2017 8:24 AM in

TEA Commissioner Mike Morath publicly released the 2015-16 A-F Ratings: A Report to the 85th Texas Legislature. The following is Moak, Casey and Associates' preliminary analysis of this "work-in-progress" report.

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10/27/2016 9:14 AM in

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus sent a letter to the Texas Education Agency to immediately stop penalizing school districts for providing specialized education services to more than 8.5 percent of students.

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5/13/2016 9:48 AM in

The Texas Supreme Court has ruled on the school finance case this morning. We are still reviewing the 100 page document, but the current school finance system has been ruled constitutional on all fronts. We will have more analysis is coming days.   

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5/13/2016 10:25 AM in

The Moak Casey and Associates finance presentation from the Midwinter 2016 conference is available in PDF format.

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5/13/2016 10:26 AM in

In spring 2014, Raise Your Hand Texas engaged Moak, Casey & Associates to analyze the financing, including current revenues and expenditures, of Texas open-enrollment charter schools, and compare funding information to that of Texas public school districts. The purpose of this study is to identify differences in funding between the charter schools and school districts.

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2/11/2016 10:27 AM in

From Austin American-Statesman: "Gov. Greg Abbott’s choice to lead the Texas Pension Review Board has drawn sharp criticism from labor organizations that equated the appointment to a betrayal of trust by the governor."

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9/23/2015 3:15 PM in

The link above provides information regarding recent correspondence from TEA.

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9/23/2015 3:15 PM in

The link above is to TEA's correspondence.

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9/23/2015 3:16 PM in

The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) developed a very useful document regarding the recent legislative changes to truancy laws that go into effect this school year.

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9/23/2015 3:16 PM in

The Supreme Court of Texas heard oral arguments this morning regarding the lawsuit over the school finance system. The three hour session was marked by active questioning from the justices to both the plaintiffs and the State. Overall, none of the questions seemed overtly hostile to the claims of the plaintiffs. At the hearing's conclusion, Chief Justice Nathan Hecht made no hint at when the Co...

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7/14/2015 2:20 PM in

The NIFA application is available online. Applications must be entered, saved, and sent through the online system. Applications must be sent electronically by August 17, 2015.Neither late applications nor paper applications will be accepted. Pictures, site plans, floor plans, demolition plans (if applicable), and legal documentation must be uploaded into the FSP ...

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5/29/2015 3:21 PM in

With three days remaining in the 84th Legislative Session, the House and Senate both passed the Conference Committee Report for House Bill 1 (state budget).  Please read for more details.  

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5/22/2015 10:44 AM in

The House Ways and Means Committee passed a committee substitute to SB 1 (homestead exemption) from committee on Thursday.  This is part of the now reduced tax relief package compromise between the House and the Senate.  The overall tax relief package is now approximately $3.8 billion (about a $1 billion less than the introduced plans).

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5/20/2015 6:02 PM in

The House and Senate budget conferees adopted the funding level for the Foundation School Program for 2016-17 biennium ($1.5 billion over current law).  The conferees decided to use most of the Senate proposal on school funding, which is well below the House's original proposal of $2.2 billion ($3 billion with the passage of HB 1759).   

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4/30/2015 11:07 AM in

Interested in knowing about the major education funding differences in the state budget between the House and Senate?  The Legislative Budget Board has posted its issue docket for Article III.  

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4/7/2015 4:07 PM in

Chairman Aycock releases school finance printouts for his committee substitute for HB 1759. 

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