Statement on House Bill 3 substitute: a significant step in funding our schools

March 19, 2019

Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343

Texas American Federation of Teachers President Louis Malfaro commented today on the Texas House Public Education Committee’s substitute to House Bill 3, which addresses school funding and educator pay:

Texas AFT appreciates the House leadership’s responding to educator concerns when crafting the House’s major school finance bill.
The Teacher Effectiveness allotment provides a critical incentive to recruit effective educators to hard-to-staff campuses without tying pay to standardized tests. Allowing a locally designed plan with critical feedback from the community will make a big difference for 5.4 million public school students.

Now backed up with an initial budget, the House plan is a significant down payment on funding our future and providing much-needed raises for public school employees.  We are grateful for the House’s leadership on this critical issue.

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.