Legislative Roundup: January 16

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The 86th Texas Legislature will be in session from January 8 through May 27, and school finance reform is a top priority. The House has already passed HR 4, a resolution which increases the House Public Education Committee from 11 to 13 members. Additionally, the Texas House and Senate both filed budget bills addressing their plans for investing more money in public schools.

The proposals from each chamber differ in their approach. The House’s plan includes investing $7 billion into public schools with a requirement to reform the school finance system so that property tax growth slows. The Senate’s plan includes investing $3.7 billion in public schools to give $5000 raises to full-time classroom teachers with additional funding for property tax relief.

To learn more about the Texas Legislature’s Plans for school finance reform: