School Finance

Students climb the stairs of the Chance Academic Center on the San Antonio College campus in June, 2018.
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Tuition will go up $13 a credit hour at the Alamo Colleges next spring.

The community college district’s board of trustees voted last Saturday to raise tuition from $86 to $99 a credit hour, bringing the cost for the average course to $297.

From left: superintendents Brian Wood of Northside ISD, Abelardo Saavedra of South San Antonio ISD, Brian Gottardy of Northeast ISD and state representative Diego Bernal during a Feb. 3, 2018 city council committee meeting on school funding.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

San Antonio City Council and local public schools are looking into ways they can work together to advocate for changes to school funding at the state level.

At an initial planning meeting with the council’s committee on intergovernmental relations Tuesday, committee chair Rey Saldaña said the city wanted to have “skin in the game."

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / KUT News

Although San Antonio leads the nation in economic inequality, many of the issues contributing to the opportunity gap between residents stem from the fundamentals: homes and education. 

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The San Antonio v. Rodriguez case challenged the use of local property taxes to fund school districts. 

But a 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973 to uphold the funding structure has led to what many have called "discriminatory" and "fundamentally unfair." 

On this "Texas Matters," we look at how this decision might have created a system of separate and unequal schools that, some argue, while not directly based on race, creates disparities along racial lines.

Illustration by Todd Wiseman / Texas Tribune

Friday, lawmakers in the Texas House are debating several legislative efforts aimed at improving the state’s school finance system, but what exactly is “school finance?”