AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Public education in Texas is facing billions in proposed budget cuts as lawmakers take on a massive deficit with the promise of no new taxes.
The $5 billion cut to public schools would include slashing arts education, pre-kindergarten programs and teacher incentive pay.
Lawmakers got their first glimpse of what the next state budget might look like late Tuesday.
Texas is facing a $15 billion revenue shortfall, and few corners of state government were spared in the draft proposal for the next two years.
The Texas Constitution requires a balanced budget, and Republican leaders have vowed not to raise taxes.