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House Committee on Public School Finance, Select - 78th R.S. (2003)

Committee Members
Kent Grusendorf, Chair
Vilma Luna, Vice Chair
Dennis Bonnen
Dan Branch
Dianne White Delisi
Harold V. Dutton, Jr.
Rob Eissler
Timoteo Garza
Helen Giddings
Bob Griggs
Peggy Hamric
Talmadge Heflin
Harvey Hilderbran
Fred Hill
Ruben Hope, Jr.
Carl Isett
Elizabeth Ames Jones
Jim Keffer
Mike Krusee
Glenn Lewis
Jerry Madden
Kenny Marchant
Brian McCall
René O. Oliveira
Jim Pitts
Allan Ritter
David Swinford
Mike Villarreal
Ron Wilson
Charges
• Devise a school finance system that promotes success for all Texas children.
• Use the constitutional requirements outlined in Edgewood IV as a starting point for developing a new school finance system; Texas cannot afford to retreat on equity.
• Include rational cost adjustments for uncontrollable variations in the costs of education due to geography, scale, and the needs of students.
• Create incentives for improved student performance and cost-effective operation.
• Recommend fairer methods of finance that will sustain Texas schools for the long term and that will substantially increase the state's share of funding for public education.

Note:
Appointed by Speaker proclamation 4/29/2003.
Representatives Bonnen, Dutton, Eissler, Hilderbran, Isett, and McCall appointed by the Speaker 6/23/03.
Ron Wilson (Member) resigned July 31, 2004.

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