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Rep. Jared Patterson Authors Monumental School Finance Legislation  print page

by: Rep. Patterson, Jared
03/05/2019

AUSTIN, Texas — Representative Jared Patterson today authored House Bill 3, comprehensive legislation to fundamentally transform the public school finance system in Texas. Following the bill's filing, Rep. Patterson was proud to join dozens of fellow House colleagues at a bipartisan joint press conference at the State Capitol to announce their support of House Bill 3.

"I am incredibly excited to join with my colleagues as a coauthor of HB 3, the Texas Plan to finally overhaul our broken school finance system," said Representative Patterson. "This legislation will be transformative: for property tax payers, for teachers and additional school staff, and most importantly for students in House District 106. This is the most sweeping change to how we fund education in decades- and it is long overdue."
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.

Rep. Jared Patterson also noted that the Texas Plan benefits all students, school districts and classrooms, especially the fast growth school districts in House District 106. House Bill 3 gives school districts the ability to earn and keep more money from local property taxes, quadrupling the amount allocated to fast growth districts to build and equip new instructional facilities, raising it to $100 million per year. Giving school districts the resources to meet the demands of growing student populations is a critical component of House Bill 3.

“I applaud Rep. Jared Patterson for authoring House Bill 3 and for taking us one step closer to passing transformational school finance legislation this session,” said Speaker Bonnen. “By committing to meaningful, lasting investments in Texas classrooms through House Bill 3, Rep. Patterson is at the forefront of preparing our students for the demands of a bustling workforce and keeping the State of Texas a beacon of economic opportunity. I look forward to working with Rep. Patterson to pass this critical legislation into law and thank them for their hard work in bringing this priority bill to fruition.”

Built upon years of research, data and testimony, House Bill 3:

• Invests in Texas students and teachers by adding approximately $9 billion in funding
above enrollment growth and current law entitlement over the next two years;

• Empowers local school districts to put more money in their classrooms by raising the
Basic Allotment from $5,140 to $6,030, an $890 increase per student;

• Provides property tax reform by lowering school property tax rates by 4 cents
statewide;

• Reduces recapture from $7.7 billion to $4.7 billion for the biennium, a $3 billion or
38% reduction;

• Establishes an early reading program that funds full-day, high quality Pre-K for low income students, setting the right foundation for students to be able to read at grade
level by third grade;

• Substantially raises the minimum teacher salary schedule and allocates an additional
$140 million in funding for a teacher quality program, providing districts with the
resources for recruiting and retaining teachers in the classroom;

• Enhances the yield on the "enrichment" pennies, allowing schools to earn and keep
more money for property taxes levied above the standard Tier 1 tax rate;

• Creates a professional development grant program to train teachers in blended
learning instruction so they can effectively combine e-learning and traditional
classroom instruction;

• Dedicates more money for dual language immersion education, which has proven to
be more effective in producing greater achievement levels for multilingual and native
English speaking students;

• Dedicates more money for dual language immersion education, which has proven to
be more effective in producing greater achievement levels for multilingual and native
English speaking students;

• Equips districts with the resources needed to identify and intervene at the earliest
signs of student dyslexia and related disorders;

• Establishes an extended year program that allows districts to combat "summer slide"
by providing 30 days of half-day instruction for students in grades PreK-5 during the
summer months;

• Updates the transportation funding model from a burdensome linear density model
to a simplified one dollar per mile reimbursement;

• Allocates resources to low-income students on a sliding scale (rather than an equal
weight) to prioritize students with the highest needs, and provides more funding to
schools with higher concentrations of economically disadvantaged students and
generational poverty;

• Quadruples the amount allocated to fast growth districts to build and equip new
instructional facilities funding to $100 million per year;
• Expands career and technology education programs for students in grades 6-12
(previously grades 9-12), making students more skilled and better prepared for the
workforce or post-secondary education; and

• Establishes a grant program for districts to offer parents of economically
disadvantaged students with learning disabilities in grades 3-8 access to additional
services to help improve educational performance.

To learn more, visit www.thetexasplan.com.

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