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REPRESENTATIVE DREW SPRINGER CO-AUTHORS THE TEXAS PLAN  print page

by: Rep. Springer, Drew
03/05/2019

AUSTIN, Texas Representative Drew Springer today co-authored House Bill 3, comprehensive legislation to fundamentally transform the public school finance system in Texas. Following the bill's filing, Rep. Springer joined scores of fellow House colleagues at a bipartisan joint press conference at the State Capitol to announce their support of House Bill 3.

House Bill 3 (also referred to as the "Texas Plan") invests $9 billion above enrollment growth and current law entitlement toward student achievement, teacher quality and property tax reform, and will put more money into Texas classrooms than ever before. It represents the first major rewrite of the state's public school finance system undertaken without threat of a court order.

The Texas Plan gives tax relief through compression, simplifies the funding formula, fixes the transportation formula that has harmed rural schools, and provides increased funding for teacher salaries. "I look forward to working with Chairman Huberty on small changes that are needed for a few small rural schools," said Springer.

Representative Springer also noted that the Texas Plan benefits most students, districts and classrooms in District 68, because it empowers local school districts to put more money into classrooms by raising the amount of per-student state funding from $5,140 to $6,030. This funding adds significant resources to school districts while providing them the discretion to drive resources where they are needed most.

School finance and property tax reform are the two top priorities for the 86th Texas Legislature, and both have been declared emergency items by Governor Greg Abbott. House Speaker Dennis Bonnen opened up the press conference, thanking House Members for authoring this critical legislation that will make monumental improvements in the lives of Texas teachers and students.

To learn more, visit www.thetexasplan.com.

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