Senator Dan Patrick Makes a Statement on School Finance Ruling

AUSTIN – Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor makes the following statement regarding today’s school financing ruling:

During the last economic downturn we only had two options – cut spending or raise taxes. I, along with the Texas Senate, chose to make cuts and keep taxes low.

As chair of the Senate Education Committee, I led the charge to restore most of the education funding cuts from last session.

We have spent vast amounts of money towards education and we’re still struggling to see significant improvement. Spending continues to rise steadily while the number of failing schools increases.

Today’s decision is the sole decision of one judge in Travis County. The final say will come from the Supreme Court.

Ultimately, it is the legislature, voted by the people of Texas, who should make these important decisions.






Dan Patrick
Dan Patrick1 day ago
ICYMI: I released 57 interim charges that reflect issues that Texans have asked us to study. Our 31 senators submitted hundreds of ideas, with many senators sharing similar proposals. My staff and I worked diligently for weeks to review each request, and this is the first set of interim charges I am releasing in preparation for the 89th Legislature. We may release a second shorter list of additional charges before next session.

You can read more about them here:; and here is a list of all 57 charges for the Senate:
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