As reported this afternoon by the Quorum Report:
Chair Rep. Rob Eissler (R-The Woodlands) told the House Public Education Committee today that the much-maligned 65 percent rule approved by executive order three years ago likely is a thing of the past. Gov. Rick Perry issued an executive order in August 2005, requiring that school districts expend at least 65 percent of operational funds on instruction in the classroom. In comments to the committee today, Eissler said he had met with Perry to discuss the new accountability system proposal and told Perry the 65 percent rule didn’t fit into the committee’s new vision of school accountability. Perry agreed, Eissler told the committee. Hence, it’s a pretty good bet the 65 percent standard, still being phased in as part of the state’s financial accountability system for school districts, will either be removed or neutralized in FIRST, the state’s financial accountability for local school districts. “We need to set better rules,” Eissler told the audience.
Ultimately, the Texas Education Agency's implementation allowed school districts to meet the requirement by posting the district's check register online, something Spring Branch began doing in November 2006.
For more information on the 65% Rule, see these prior posts.