School Finance and Revenue

Texas law authorizes public school districts to levy annual ad valorem taxes, enter certain forms of indebtedness, and invest public funds. The following are resources related to public school finance and revenue sources, including taxation, bonds, loans, grants, and investments.

School finance

TASB resources

Other resources

  • Texas Education Agency's (TEA) Finance and Grants website provides resources related to state funding and grants administration, financial accountability and compliance, and the Permanent School Fund.
  • TEA's School Finance Manuals and Presentations website includes links to TEA school finance publications, such as Texas Public School Finance Overview, the Manual for Districts Subject to Wealth Equalization, and the School Transportation Allotment Handbook.
  • The nonpartisan research organization Texas Taxpayers and Research Association (TTARA) offers an online Introduction to School Finance.
  • TEA's State Funding Division website provides information including state funding presentations, school finance reports and data, and the school finance calendar.
  • The Region XIII Education Service Center Finance website provides links to school finance worksheets and related information.
  • The Region XII Education Service Center Technology Planning and E-Rate Support System website provides information about the E-Rate program and related topics.

Taxation and Tax Ratification (Rollback) Elections

TASB resources

Other resources

  • The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts' Truth-in-Taxation website provides information about setting district tax rates.

Other revenue and investments

TASB resources

  • TASB Legal Services' Donations To and From Public Schools (pdf) answers frequently asked questions about giving and receiving donations of funds, facilities, and other resources.
  • First Public, a wholly owned subsidiary of TASB, provides investment and insurance options for school districts and other local governments. First Public administers the Lone Star Investment Pool, a local government investment pool, as well as the TASB Benefits Cooperative, which offers school districts a variety of benefit options for their employees.
  • For information on booster clubs, fundraising, and charitable raffles, see eSource at Community – Community Relations

Other resources