FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/23/2017
Representative Lambert Joins Efforts to Save Small School Districts
State Representative Stan Lambert coauthored legislation aimed at addressing the arbitrary small school adjustment formula in our state's school finance system. House Bill 1390 by Representative Trent Ashby (Lufkin) will help create a level playing field for small districts that are expected to provide the same quality education as their larger counterparts.
"The size of a school district should not affect the quality of education that the children receive," Lambert said. "A change to this antiquated formula is a step in the right direction and will help to alleviate some of the current inequities in the education system."
Currently, the law states that districts covering under 300 square miles receive fewer state funds than districts with an equal number of students spanning more than 300 square miles. This harmful mileage designation in the school finance system puts hundreds of RURAL school districts at a financial disadvantage, and this bill would help remedy the issue.
The small school adjustment was originally intended to encourage school districts to consolidate. However, in determining the best interest of their community, many districts have chosen not to consolidate. This legislation would allow communities the option of maintaining local governance of their school board without having to work around a punitive formula.