Statement on House Bill 3:  A solid plan to build on for funding our future

April 3, 2019

Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343

Texas American Federation of Teachers President Louis Malfaro commented today on the Texas House passing House Bill 3, which addresses school funding and educator pay:

The House plan for educator pay is a common-sense solution that lets school districts increase the pay for all school employees, and we’re pleased that the bill now guarantees those raises locally. It means that in the future, whenever we provide more funding for our students, we also ensure that the team that educates them also is recognized and supported.

This bill is a building block for what’s needed to keep funding the future of our state by providing the immediate resources our schools, students and educators need–and it’s a big block, no doubt about it. We see this as something that we can and should build upon on each session to make sure our kids and their teachers have the ongoing support they need.

Texans of all political stripes made it clear that education is a priority, that the state needed to step up and invest its fair share, and in response their legislators in the House did a remarkable job putting all the pieces together for a package that will make a huge difference for our kids.

Now we have got a message for the state Senate, to keep the course with this legislation and finally get a school finance bill that’s comprehensive in what it fixes and significant in the investment it makes in our schools.

Texas American Federation of Teachers represents teachers, paraprofessionals, support personnel, and higher-education employees across the state. Texas AFT is affiliated with the 1.6-million-member American Federation of Teachers and AFL-CIO.