Texas Proposal Rewards District Cost-Sharing

Last Updated: September 28, 2010

This article appeared in the September 2010 Rural Policy Matters.

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Governor Rick Perry is promoting a plan that would give incentives to districts sharing administrative services and other costs. Under the proposal, districts would receive a percentage of what they save. Texas’s rural districts have long histories of sharing services like human resources, accounting, and transportation and of and utilizing regional service centers to meet federal and state requirements. But cost-sharing arrangements have been less common among the state’s larger urban and suburban districts. One state senator says she may file legislation to force all districts to make some cost-sharing arrangements.

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