FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 11, 2019
Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343
Texas AFT is happy that the governor—by signing HB 3–listened to the thousands of educators, parents, and activists calling for a much-overdue investment in our schools and a package of fixes to the school finance system that will give a solid foundation for funding our future. The new school finance system also provides a framework for continuing pay raises for our teachers and the entire school employee team.
“The bill signed into law today is a significant building block that will allow our state to continue funding public education to a level that’s needed to meet the challenges of our increasingly diverse state,” said Texas AFT President Louis Malfaro. “We still have a long way to go on getting educator pay and health-care benefits to the level that will be needed to ensure that teaching will be an attractive profession in the future, but this law gets us started in that direction.”
Texas AFT also is pleased that the governor signed Senate Bill 12, which addresses increased funding for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas pension fund.
“This is great news that retired educators will be finally be getting some of the financial relief they so desperately need, as most retired educators haven’t received any cost-of-living increase ever,” said Cheryl Anderson, a retired educator and chair of the Texas AFT Retiree Plus program. “An additional pension payment in this law for this year will help with immediate needs, but more important is the state finally stepping up and increasing its contribution to the pension fund to allow for a permanent cost-of-living increase in the near future. This law also will benefit current teacher by creating a more sound pension fund for their future.”
Texas American Federation of Teachers represents some 65,000 teachers, paraprofessionals, support personnel, and higher-education employees across the state. Texas AFT is affiliated with the 1.7-million-member American Federation of Teachers and AFL-CIO.