The 86th Texas Legislative Session concluded on Monday, May 27, and the House and Senate approved final legislation on a negotiated version of House Bill 3. The bill allocates $6.5 billion for public education and $5.1 billion for lowering school district taxes. Some of the items included in the bill are:
- Raising the amount of per-student funding
- Increasing compensation for full-time teachers, nurses, counselors and librarians with a smaller amount designated for raises among other employees
- Allocating money for districts that choose to start merit pay programs
- Funding full-day pre-K for eligible students
- Lowering property tax rates statewide
- Using current year property values to calculate how much state and local funding school districts receive
House Bill 3 must now be approved by Gov. Abbott.
For more information:
- Teacher raises and all-day pre-K: Here’s what’s in the Texas Legislature’s landmark school finance bill
- Texas House, Senate pass school finance bill mandating teacher raises and cutting taxes
- Texas House, Senate approve budget deal with agreements on school finance, property taxes, Hurricane Harvey recovery
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