Texas Lawmakers Examine Public School Rules

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas lawmakers are considering changing public school management practices to allow districts to save money.
The Senate Education Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday to hear testimony on allowing schools to share more services, both academic and operational.
Senators also want to examine Regional Education Service Centers and what they provide to school districts. The goal is to learn what state laws can be changed to improve public school efficiency.
Last year the Legislature slashed $4.8 billion in school funding to make up a statewide budget shortfall. Schools have since laid off more than 10,000 workers and class sizes have gone.
When lawmakers meet again next year they expect to face similar budget shortfalls. The Republican leadership has pledged not to raise government spending, and therefore must find additional savings.