House Bill 3 would increase base funding for each student, compress tax rates, and reduce the amounts wealthier districts pay to shore up poorer districts.
Initial estimates show that House Bill 3 could boost San Antonio school district’s revenue per student by as much as $1,188 in fiscal year 2020.
A two-year spending plan passed by the Texas House late Wednesday night includes a $9 billion boost in state funding for public education.
Bexar County school leaders are hopeful that House Bill 3 will provide the school finance remedy their public school districts need.
The Texas House Appropriations Committee has approved the 2020-21 spending plan, House Bill 1, which moves to the floor of the 150-member House.
The Senate is proposing $5,000 raises for each teacher and librarian. The House is calling for raising minimum salaries and increasing benefits.
Average Texans and lawmakers alike are going back to the basics on school finance as the State Legislature prepares to tackle a longstanding challenge.
Abbott focused on bread-and-butter policy in a forum that has often featured a lot of red meat.
Abbott discussed his agenda for the 86th legislative session during an interview Tuesday with The Texas Tribune.
Hegar projected there would be about $119.1 billion in state funds available for the next two-year budget, up from $110.2 in the last two-year budget.