House Bill 3 may not be perfect, but it is the best possibility for improvement of public education in a very long time. It addresses both tax and spending concerns. It will result in increased teacher pay. It will drive money to proven programs that address the needs of our most challenging students.
As our Commission on Public Education Finance struggles through the summer we wish them well. Most of us believe that accepting mediocrity is not very Texan. But the reality is that, without a discussion about increasing state revenue, their work can only join the myriad of other dust-covered school finance studies that have preceded them.
Texas' Constitution, courts and lawmakers have combined to make funding public education almost impossible.