Austin Gathering To Focus On Texas School Financing

Austin Community College May 15 gathering to focus on issue of property-tax-derived school financing. (Shutterstock)

AUSTIN, TX — As state lawmakers tackle the issue of school financing — one of the biggest priorities laid out by Gov. Greg Abbott for the current legislative session — the Austin Community College’s Center for Public Policy and Political Studies will explore the future of public school finance at its annual Building Tomorrow’s Leaders luncheon on Wednesday.

Austin Community College’s Center for Public Policy and Political Studies (CPPPS) will explore the future of public school finance at its annual luncheon scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, 701 East 11 St., officials said.

"Our lawmakers are in the Capitol right now, planning budgets for the next couple of years. We want them to hear from experts who will weigh in on the value of our public school systems and the importance of a strong budget," William "Peck" Young, CPPPS executive director, said in a prepared statement. "Our panelists will explore what our children can expect in the years ahead at our state schools."

Scheduled panelists include:

Moderator — Evan Smith: Texas Tribune Co-founder and CEO.Keven Ellis: District 9 representative on the State Board of Education, who represents 31 Northeast Texas counties.Dr. Douglas Killian: Pflugerville Independent School District Superintendent, who formerly held the same position at Hutto ISD and was named the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Superintendent of the Year.Nicole Conley Johnson: Austin ISD chief business and operations officer, responsible for managing the $1 billion budget.

The luncheon supports CPPPS, a non-partisan, nonprofit center created to enable ACC students to gain practical experience in learning how government policies are created and executed, and to improve communications between public entities and the people they serve, officials said.

For more information, contact Young at (512) 223-7069 or Pyoung@austincc.edu.

About ACC

Austin Community College is a nationally recognized two-year college serving Central Texas. ACC is focused on student success and providing affordable, flexible pathways to help students reach their education goals, learn new job skills, or advance their career. The college currently enrolls more than 70,000 students annually.

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