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Conference Committee Report for HB 3 Released

05.24.2019 — The conference committee report for HB 3 has been filed, and TASA Governmental Relations staff expect it to be voted on late Saturday or Sunday. 

A brief summary of items included in the 300-page, $11.5 billion bill follows. We will provide additional information as staff further reviews the bill.

$5 Billion in Property Tax Relief

  • Lowers property taxes an average of 8 cents in 2020 and 13 cents in 2021 by creating a new calculation for “Voter Approved” Tax Rate (Effective Tax Rate)
  • A 2.5% cap would be placed on your appraised value in 2021
  • Requires districts to conduct efficiency audits prior to holding a TRE

$4.5 Billion for Public Education

  • Reduces recapture by $3.6 billion
  • Increases the state share from 38% to 45%
  • Moves to current year values
  • Repeals the CEI, high school allotment and G&T weight
  • Small and midsize adjustment is a stand-alone allotment (Tier 1) and impacts only special education funding
  • Basic allotment increases from $5,140 to $6,160
  • Two golden pennies: one penny can be accessed without an election
  • Funds full-day pre-K for low-income students
  • Elementary schools (pre-K through grade 5) can extend the school year to 210 days and receive state funding ($30 million)
  • Mentoring new teachers ($8 million)
  • Creates a dyslexia weight of 0.10
  • Extends CTE funding to seventh grade
  • $100 million per year for NIFA
  • Transportation funded at $1 per mile
  • Compensatory sliding weights
  • Creates an early education allotment weight of 0.10 for economically disadvantaged or LEP students in a bilingual education or special language program to be used in pre-K through grade 3 to improve student performance in math and reading
  • $50 increase per student for P-TECH and New Tech
  • Career, College & Military Readiness outcomes-based bonuses

$2 Billion for Teacher Pay

  • Increases the minimum salary schedule
  • Provides increases in compensation for teachers, nurses, counselors, and librarians. In years when the basic allotment increases, districts are required to spend 30 percent of the gain in FSP revenue per ADA for compensation increases to full-time, non-administrative staff as follows:
    • 75 percent for employees on the minimum salary schedule
    • 25 percent for other employees
    • Compensation includes benefits
  • Voluntary locally developed incentive pay program ($140 million)

Pre-K

  • Requires districts to offer full day pre-K to all eligible 4-year-old students (can use the early education allotment for this purpose)
    • Provides two three-year waivers for districts – districts must show lack of space or that it would result in fewer eligible students from enrollment in the program
    • Districts are required to consider at a public meeting partnerships with public or private entities


See the district runs for FY 2020.

See the district runs for FY 2021.

 

See the final version of HB 3.