School Finance: Now What?

April 19, 2013

Bass Lecture Hall, LBJ School of Public Affairs, 2315 Red River, Austin, TX 78712

12:00pm – 1:30pm

The Texas Tribune, the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and the UT Opportunity Forum present a discussion with education experts on the unresolved issue of school finance in Texas.

This event is generously supported by Thompson & Horton, LLC and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination).


Florence Shapiro is a former public school teacher, Plano city councilwoman and mayor first elected to represent Senate District 8 in 1993. In the Senate, she served as chairwoman of the Public Education Committee for 10 years. She passed legislation affecting the state’s school finance system in the areas of property taxes, funding and teacher pay and established the incentive-pay program. She has also focused her efforts on educational reform at the high school level that promotes college readiness and supports better accountability standards for schools.

Scott Hochberg is a former state representative and current lecturer at Rice University. He was first elected to represent southwest Houston in 1993 and served in the Texas House for 20 years. He currently teaches a course at Rice University on education policy, drawing from his experience serving 10 terms on the House Public Education Committee and three terms as chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education.

David Thompson is a partner at Thompson & Horton, LLP. He represents public school districts, junior colleges and other educational entities in the Gulf Coast area and across Texas. Thompson serves as legislative counsel for the Texas Association of School Administrators, the Fast Growth School Coalition, the Houston Independent School District, other school districts and education organizations, and has been actively involved in most legislative activities affecting public education in the past 20 years.

Kent Grusendorf serves as executive director of Texans for Real Efficiency and Equity in Education. He is a former member of the State Board of Education and served in the Texas House from 1987 to 2007. While in the House, he served as chairman of the House Education Committee during the last public school finance debate.

More information: To register for this event, email or call 512-716-8641 by April 18, 2013. A reservation is required.