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Financial Challenges? Check out TASB’s Toolkit for Strong Budget Discussions

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In this current financial environment of stagnant state funding and inflationary price increases, the work of adopting a budget is expected to be more challenging than ever with many school boards in Texas having to make tough decisions about staffing and programs.  

Already, many school boards passed deficit budgets for the 2023-24 school year with the expectation that the 88th Texas Legislature would provide additional funding to help address rising operational costs and salary increases to recruit and retain teachers.  

Yet the outcome of that session — and the four special sessions that followed — brought no relief. Ahead of the next school year, the difficult reality is that many school boards in Texas expect to adopt a deficit budget, adding uncertainty and risk to their financial outlooks and requiring staff and program cuts. 

To assist school boards, TASB has created a new resource, A Toolkit for Strong Budget Discussions: A Guide to Understanding Fundamental School Finance Topics, which covers a variety of budget-related topics, from understanding the basic allotment and tax rates to budget planning and staffing considerations. 

“We created this toolkit with our members in mind, and in consultation with the experts at the Texas Association of Business Officials, to make sure the content is both helpful and specific,” said TASB Executive Director Dan Troxell. “Our goal is to support members as they confront a very challenging financial environment and provide strategies and best practices that advance understanding of key school finance and budget topics.”  

The toolkit is available to members online and you can request a printed copy of the toolkit until June 26 (TASB login required).   

Toolkit for Strong Budget Discussions

Gain a better understanding of fundamental school finance topics from basic allotment and tax rates to budget planning and staffing considerations. 

Request for Printed Copy of the Toolkit for Strong Budget Discussions

TASB has created a new resource to assist school board members in understanding fundamental school budget topics. Be sure you are logged in to request a printed copy of the Toolkit for Strong Budget Discussions!

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Sylvia Wood
Communications Division Director

Sylvia Wood is the division director of communications for TASB.