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Texas House Passes Transformational School Finance Legislation  print page

by: Rep. Thompson, Ed

House Bill 3, co-authored by Representative Thompson, invests $9 billion in Texas classrooms to improve public education and provide property tax relief

AUSTIN, Texas — Yesterday the Texas House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed House Bill 3 -- legislation co-authored by Representative Thompson -- that invests $9 billion in Texas classrooms to boost student achievement, support teacher quality, reduce recapture, and provide property tax relief. Following a full day of productive discussion on the House Floor, Representative Thompson voted in support of House Bill 3, which passed the House with 149 votes.

"I'm proud of the work the Texas House has done this session to address public education in this state," said Rep. Thompson. "Improving public education has been a top priority of mine since I was elected in 2012, and I'm honored to be a part of the solution. House Bill 3 is the result of years of research, and I'm looking forward to seeing this much needed reform come to fruition."

School finance reform is the top priority for the Texas House this session and was declared an "emergency item" by Governor Greg Abbott in his biennial State of the State address. House Bill 3 is the first major rewrite of school finance laws undertaken without the threat of a court order, and it puts a stop to decades of patchwork fixes by creating a more equitable public education system.

Following the passage of House Bill 3, Representative Thompson joined Speaker Dennis Bonnen and dozens of fellow State Representatives at a news conference in the State Capitol. Speaker Bonnen thanked Representative Thompson for coauthoring this monumental legislation and for being at the forefront of championing Texas students and teachers.

“I am so proud of Rep. Thompson for authoring this legislation and for getting the House one step closer to our goal of transforming the public education system for generations to come," said Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen. “House Bill 3 is one of the most historic and important pieces of legislation this state has seen in decades because it invests in our children, our teachers and our future workforce. This legislation devotes an unprecedented $9 billion to public education and property tax reduction, and we have Rep. Thompson to thank for driving it toward the finish line.”

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