Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) has filed SB 1133 to protect the fundamental mission of school districts and the education of Texas students. Highlighting the need for reform in the school finance system, La Joya ISD used taxpayer money from their general fund for the construction and operation of a $20 million complex that includes a water park.

SB 1133 would prevent a school district or open-enrollment charter school directly or indirectly through an affiliate, including an affiliated nonprofit corporation, from having a business interest in an entity or owning real property associated with a water park, golf course, or hotel. The bill makes La Hoya ISD get out of the water park and golf course business by making them divest all ownership of, or business interest in, their water park and golf course not later than September 1, 2024.

Read More