A plan that will pump an additional $2.2 billion into public education over the next two years was approved Tuesday evening by the Texas Senate, a surprising turnaround that restores some of the drastic school budget cuts made two years ago.
Under a compromise hammered out during tense, closed-door negotiations that brought Senate debate to a standstill for nearly four hours, voters in November will decide if public schools receive $800 million from the state’s so-called rainy day fund — officially known as the Economic Stabilization Fund.
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