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2 Document(s) [ Subject: Foundation School Program ]

Committee: Senate Funding Issues in Education, Interim
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the 76th Legislature.
Subjects: College preparatory curriculum | College preparedness | Educational technology | Foundation School Program | Higher Education Assistance Fund | Permanent School Fund, Texas | Permanent University Fund | Recommended High School Program | Scholarships | School finance | Student aid | Textbooks | University budgets | University enrollment | University finance | University graduates | University graduation rates |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 f962
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [55 pages  File size: 2,414 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the current status of student financial assistance and tuition exemption/waiver programs. Identify possible criteria to be considered by the Legislature in evaluating such proposals and to establish priorities for these programs in the future.
2. Review the appropriateness of current allotments, weights, and set-asides under the Foundation School Program to fund school districts.
3. Study the management, investment, and distribution of funds dedicated to public and higher education, including the Permanent School Fund, Available School Fund, Permanent University Fund, Available University Fund, and Higher Education Fund. The Committee should review the purpose of these funds and the ability of these funds to continue to meet the needs of the state.
4. Study the factors affecting undergraduate enrollment and graduation rates at public colleges and universities in Texas, and make recommendations for any necessary legislative action. The Committee should consider the costs of higher education and the availability of financial assistance to students; collaborative efforts between higher education and public education systems; and student recruitment and retention efforts. The Committee should also consider methods to effectively measure institutions' performance in meeting enrollment and graduation goals set by the Legislature.
5. Evaluate and, if needed, make recommendations to determine need and allocation of funds for higher education budget special items, medical schools and Texas A&M Service agencies.
6. Study the costs of textbooks for public schools and, if necessary, make recommendations to improve the purchasing process to ensure that Texas schools are receiving the best price possible. In its work, the Committee should examine the use of computers and other technological resources as alternative teaching aids to textbooks and consider whether these alternative resources are more economical and efficient in enhancing the learning capacities of children
Committee: Senate School Facilities, Interim
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the Senate Interim Committee on School Facilities.
Subjects: Foundation School Program | School buildings | School finance |
Library Call Number: L1836.73 sc64
Session: 73rd R.S. (1993)
Online version: View report [46 pages  File size: 1,499 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study and make recommendations regarding the state's participation in the funding of public school facilities to address the equity issue of school finance.
2. Study the current method of funding public schools to determine the best method of allocating state resources and assistance for educational facilities.
3. Study and make recommendations regarding the distribution and source of any state funding for school facilities.
4. Study and make recommendations regarding the appropriate organizational structure for administration of facilities funding.
5. Study and make recommendations regarding the I&S tax rates and any limits on past and future bonded indebtedness for the state's participation.
6. Review and evaluate methods for determining the needs of school districts for facilities funding.
7. Study and make recommendations regarding any additional or other changes that the Committee determines should be made to the Texas Constitution and statutory law that would provide an equitable system for funding public school facilities.

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