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Fixing School Finance The K12 Engineering Education Podcast

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Texans across the state and across the political divide agree: public school
funding needs fixing. What that means exactly, however, is tricky. In Part 1,
Texas State Representative Donna Howard explains the school finance conundrum
and its evolution over the years, along with some potential solutions floating
around the legislature. In Part 2, political consultant Kolby Monnig argues that
citizens must influence education laws by communicating with their
representatives, and she demystifies that process. Lastly, in Part 3, educators,
school support personnel, and unions rally for K-12 education reforms across the
board. Related to this episode: • Representative Donna Howard:
https://house.texas.gov/members/member-page/?district=48 • Donna Howard's
infographic on Texas school finance, on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/texansforchange/photos/pcb.2262081777448971/2262081220782360/?type=3&theater
• Liar's affidavit:
https://www.dontmesswithtaxes.com/2006/10/new_liars_affid.html • Economic
Stabilization Fund (ESF) "rainy day" fund:
https://comptroller.texas.gov/economy/fiscal-notes/2016/september/rainy-day.php
• Texas Standard article on a first public proposal for how to reform school
finance, from March 8th, 2019:
https://www.texastribune.org/2019/03/08/texas-senate-files-its-version-school-finance-reform-bill/
• Kolby Monnig (@blueoceantx), Blue Ocean Consulting: https://blueoceantx.com/ •
Copper pennies:
https://www.texastribune.org/2011/03/31/how-to-navigate-texas-school-finance-system/
• Who Represents Me? https://wrm.capitol.texas.gov/home • Texas Teacher
Retirement System: https://www.trs.texas.gov/Pages/Homepage.aspx • Texas
Tribune: https://www.texastribune.org/ • Rally for Texas education funding on
March 11, 2019:
https://www.statesman.com/news/20190311/hundreds-of-texas-teachers-rally-at-capitol-for-funding-against-merit-pay
• Project Vida: https://www.pvida.net/ Subscribe and find more podcast
information at: http://www.k12engineering.net. Support Pios Labs with regular
donations on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pioslabs, or send one-time
contributions by buying us coffee: https://ko-fi.com/pioslabs. Thanks to our
donors and listeners for making the show possible. The K12 Engineering Education
Podcast is a production of Pios Labs: http://www.pioslabs.com.

Texans across the state and across the political divide agree: public school
funding needs fixing. What that means exactly, however, is tricky. In Part 1,
Texas State Representative Donna Howard explains the school finance conundrum
and its evolution over the years, along with some potential solutions floating
around the legislature. In Part 2, political consultant Kolby Monnig argues that
citizens must influence education laws by communicating with their
representatives, and she demystifies that process. Lastly, in Part 3, educators,
school support personnel, and unions rally for K-12 education reforms across the
board. Related to this episode: • Representative Donna Howard:
https://house.texas.gov/members/member-page/?district=48 • Donna Howard's
infographic on Texas school finance, on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/texansforchange/photos/pcb.2262081777448971/2262081220782360/?type=3&theater
• Liar's affidavit:
https://www.dontmesswithtaxes.com/2006/10/new_liars_affid.html • Economic
Stabilization Fund (ESF) "rainy day" fund:
https://comptroller.texas.gov/economy/fiscal-notes/2016/september/rainy-day.php
• Texas Standard article on a first public proposal for how to reform school
finance, from March 8th, 2019:
https://www.texastribune.org/2019/03/08/texas-senate-files-its-version-school-finance-reform-bill/
• Kolby Monnig (@blueoceantx), Blue Ocean Consulting: https://blueoceantx.com/ •
Copper pennies:
https://www.texastribune.org/2011/03/31/how-to-navigate-texas-school-finance-system/
• Who Represents Me? https://wrm.capitol.texas.gov/home • Texas Teacher
Retirement System: https://www.trs.texas.gov/Pages/Homepage.aspx • Texas
Tribune: https://www.texastribune.org/ • Rally for Texas education funding on
March 11, 2019:
https://www.statesman.com/news/20190311/hundreds-of-texas-teachers-rally-at-capitol-for-funding-against-merit-pay
• Project Vida: https://www.pvida.net/ Subscribe and find more podcast
information at: http://www.k12engineering.net. Support Pios Labs with regular
donations on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pioslabs, or send one-time
contributions by buying us coffee: https://ko-fi.com/pioslabs. Thanks to our
donors and listeners for making the show possible. The K12 Engineering Education
Podcast is a production of Pios Labs: http://www.pioslabs.com.

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