Texas House passes school finance bill

Last week, according to a news release issued by Rep. Dade Phelan, “the Texas House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed House Bill 3, legislation co-authored by District 21 Texas Representative Dade Phelan, that invests $9 billion in Texas classrooms to boost student achievement, support teacher quality, reduce recapture and provide for property tax relief. Following a full day of productive discussion on the House Floor, Rep. Phelan voted in support of House Bill 3, which passed the House with 149 votes.”

Phelan’s news release went on to say, “School finance reform is the top priority for the Texas House this session and was declared an ‘emergency item’ by Texas 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.”

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



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