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Here are some statistics about the special legislative session in Texas. Madlin Mekelburg/El Paso Times

AUSTIN — Efforts to reach a deal to overhaul the way Texas pays for its public schools remained elusive Sunday, as House and Senate negotiators met behind closed doors in an effort to reconcile the differences in the legislation passed by both chambers.

“There’s still time,” said state Sen. Larry Taylor, the Houston-area Republican spearheading the upper chamber’s school finance bill. “We’re doing shuttle-diplomacy.”

Added his House counterpart, Rep. Dan Huberty, also a Houston-area Republican: “There’s all kinds of moving parts right now, but we’ve got time. That means we didn’t blow (a potential deal) up.”

Lawmakers are facing a Wednesday deadline to complete work on all matters pending in the special legislative session. Several measures did advance from both chambers, as lawmakers worked through the weekend, but no deal on school finance emerged.

“Most members are frustrated that we just can’t get this done,” said Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso.

The Senate was slated to vote on a plan to add $311 million more to local school districts, which falls short of the $1.8 billion that won near-unanimous approval in the House. It was postponed while negotiations continued behind closed doors. The House was scheduled to debate a Senate proposal to form a commission to study school finance, but it also was postponed.

“To help represent the House’s hopes and dreams on all the legislation before us, I move to postpone this,” said Rep. Phil King, the House sponsor of the bill.

The absence of a deal late Sunday isn’t a fatal blow; although the current school finance system is viewed as deeply flawed, it has been deemed legal by the Texas Supreme Court.

While key leaders met behind closed doors late Sunday, lawmakers in the House and Senate continued their work, passing legislation calling for further studies of the state’s high maternal mortality rate.

The bill has bipartisan support, but lawmakers have been unable to agree on specific directions for the task force charged with investigating the fatalities. The House approved minor changes to the Senate’s proposal on the issue and, after they vote on final passage of the bill, will send it back to the upper chamber.

The Senate, meanwhile, approved two anti-abortion bills, sending both proposals to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk. One would prevent primary insurance plans from covering abortion and the other would increase reporting requirements for abortion complications.

But the impasse over school finance seemed to create a logjam for other bills that Abbott wants lawmakers to pass. The final vote on a bill aimed at limiting how much cities and counties can increase property taxes that was scheduled for Sunday was postponed in light of the negotiations.

“It’s based on negotiations that are going on between the House and the Senate to resolve a multitude of issues that are significant to the people of Texas,’ said Rep. Dennis Bonnen, the bill’s author. “The Senate understands the motion I am making.”