Texas Faces the Future Distinguished Lecture - featuring Judge John K. Dietz, "School Finance, Constitutional Standards, Historical Perspective, and Present-Day Reality"
Thursday, May 14, 2015
4:30 Reception
5-6:30PM Lecture & Discussion

Santa Rita Room (UNB 3.502)
Texas Union

After a welcome by College of Education Associate Dean Marilyn Kameen on behalf of Dean Manuel Justiz and introductory comments by TCEP Director, Angela Valenzuela, Ph.D., Judge Dietz’ will speak on the constitutional standards of adequacy, suitability, efficiency, and de facto statewide ad valorem property taxation contained in Article VII and Article VIII of the Texas Constitution. The historical usages of the language of the Constitutional provisions are reviewed, alongside the Constitutional debates of 1875. Three statistical charts of present day school finances are examined as a snapshot of the state of Texas school financing. Commentary from the Honorable Texas House Committee on Public Education Chair Jimmie Don Aycock and IDRA National Director of Policy David Hinojosa will follow.


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