Action Alert: Contact Your House Member Today and Urge Support of HB 3
04.01.2019 — HB 3, the comprehensive school finance bill by House Public Education Committee Chair Dan Huberty will be debated on the House floor this Wednesday, April 3. The bill adds $6.3 billion in new funding for public schools (above growth) plus $2.7 billion in much-needed property tax relief. Please contact your state representative in support of HB 3.
Superintendents and administrators are encouraged to be present in the House gallery during the floor debate for HB 3 to show support to Chairman Huberty and House members for this landmark legislation. While the House is set to convene at 10 a.m., action on HB 3 is not expected until 12 p.m. or later. Those who plan to come to the Capitol April 3 should let their House member know in advance that they will be in the House gallery supporting passage of the bill, and while at the Capitol, visit their senator’s office to stress the importance of discretionary funding for school districts.
Highlights of HB 3, called “The Texas Plan,” include:
- An increase in the basic allotment from $5,140 to $6,030 — $890 more per student
- A reduction in recapture
- Establishing a program to fund full-day pre-K for low-income students
- Targeted funding for schools with higher concentrations of underserved students
- Increases to the small district allotment and mid-size district allotment for special education only
- A mechanism that the golden penny yield will not be less than 96th percentile of wealth per weighted student
- Funding for extended-year summer instruction
- An increase to the minimum teacher salary schedule
- Changes to the transportation funding model (creation of a $1 per mile reimbursement)
“HB 3 is landmark legislation that takes advantage of a once-in-a-generation-opportunity to dramatically improve funding for Texas public schools and transform the system,” said TASA Executive Director Kevin Brown. “TASA greatly appreciates the leadership of Speaker Bonnen and Chairman Huberty for filing HB 3, as well as their commitment to public education and the 5.4 million students served in Texas public schools.”
Update: The Legislative Budget Board posted the school district runs for HB 3 on the afternoon of April 1.