With a historic $32.7 billion budget surplus on hand, some lawmakers had the cash and optimism at the beginning of this year’s legislative session to tackle some of the biggest issues regarding public schools, like teacher shortages and school funding.

No teacher raises

No vouchers

School safety measures

Teacher shortages

LGBTQ restrictions

Extra cash for retired teachers

This article was written by BRIAN LOPEZ of The Texas Tribune.  The Texas Tribune— and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.  This article originally appeared at: https://www.texastribune.org/2023/06/02/texas-legislature-public-education/