Yesterday the Texas Education Agency along with Gov. Greg Abbott announced that public schools across Texas will be given additional funding for schools that have seen attendance declines as many parents hold their children back from attending in-person on campus schooling. As in many states, school funding is linked with attendance. According to the Texas Education Agency, it will provide “hold harmless” funding, meaning they will receive funding based on their 2019 attendance records and will not have to give back the funding even though attendance has dropped because of the pandemic.
Gov. Abbott said the funding was essential in ensuring the state and public schools across Texas retain school teachers. This funding will cover the 2020-2021 school year. The “hold harmless” clause has also been used since the pandemic started back in March of 2020.