Last week, Representative Dan Huberty (Harris) filed House Bill 3, comprehensive legislation to fundamentally transform the public school finance system in Texas. Following the bill's filing, Representative Rick Miller (fort Bend) was proud to co-author and announce his support of House Bill 3.
Representative Miller noted that the Texas Plan benefits all students, school districts and classrooms, especially the fast growth school districts in District 26. House Bill 3 gives school districts the ability to earn and keep more money from local property taxes and quadruples the amount allocated to fast growth districts to build and equip new instructional facilities 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.
Representative Miller also noted that the Texas Plan will tremendously benefit the teachers of District 26 by devoting more funding than ever to Texas classrooms, and giving local districts the discretion to spend the money as they see fit. House Bill 3 substantially raises the minimum teacher salary schedule, provides $140 million in funding for district programs to recruit and retain quality teachers, and creates a professional development grant program to train teachers so they can effectively combine e-learning and traditional classroom instruction.
"I am proud to co-author House Bill 3, which will fundamentally transform the way Texas funds its public schools," said Representative Miller. "Texas classrooms must have the resources they need to turn today's students into tomorrow's workforce."