The 86th Texas Legislature will be in session from January 8 through May 27. It meets biennially, and the budget that the Texas Legislature sets is in place for two years.
The Senate passed its version of House Bill 3 with 40 amendments to the version passed by the House. Now, House Bill 3 has moved to a conference committee that includes five Senators and five House members who will negotiate the details of the final bill.
Among some of the most controversial amendments are: providing bonuses to schools based on third-grade STAAR scores, providing merit pay for “top-rated” teachers, and including additional reading/writing components to STAAR tests for grades 3-8 to create a language arts test.
The members of the conference committee are:
- State Representatives: Dan Huberty (R-Humble), Diego Bernal (D-San Antonio), Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin), Ken King (R-Canadian), and Mary Gonzalez (D-Clint)
- State Senators: Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood), Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound), Royce West (D-Dallas), Kirk Watson (D-Austin), and Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels)
For more information:
- Side-by-Side Comparison of 2019 Texas School Finance Proposals (updated 5/10/2019)
- State of Texas: School finance negotiations begin with optimism
- Senate Passes School Finance Bill on a Vote of 26-2
Make sure to see the Klein Leadership Coalition Website for additional resources.