My latest editorial in the San Antonio Express-News. Click here to view on the Express-News website, or continue reading for the full piece below.
Straus: Funding for Texas schools hangs in the balance
To invest in education is to invest in our future workforce, and that requires supporting teachers. State lawmakers can do that by boosting teacher pay.
Members of the Texas Legislature have just a handful of days to make the investments in public education students and schools need.
Texans had reasonably hoped that much of the state’s $33 billion budget surplus would prompt legislators to boost spending on school safety, teacher recruitment, and other priorities that translate to student success. Some of those gains are well within reach as the Legislature nears its Memorial Day conclusion.