03.11.2019 — Last Friday, on the bill-filing deadline, Senate Education Committee Chair Larry Taylor filed SB 4, the Senate school finance bill. Though the bill language is not complete and includes placeholders, it would fund full-day pre-K and increase funding for low-income students. It also includes provisions for teacher merit pay and outcome-based funding. There is not yet a price tag on the bill.
Gov. Greg Abbott issued the following statement Friday evening:
"This session, we will solve one of Texas’ most pressing challenges by reforming our broken school finance system and developing a model that creates a brighter and more promising future for our children. With two pivotal school finance bills filed, we have an opportunity over the next several months to achieve meaningful school finance reform in Texas. I thank Senator Taylor for his leadership in filing this bill, as well as his tireless work on the school finance commission. I look forward to working with him, Lt. Governor Patrick, Speaker Bonnen, Chairman Huberty, and the entire legislature to reform the education system in Texas."