For Immediate Release
March 7, 2019
Contact: Mark Terry, TEPSA Deputy Executive Director
TEPSA Statement on HB 3 School Finance Reform Proposal
“The Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) strongly supports Chairman Dan Huberty, Speaker Dennis Bonnen, and members of the House for their efforts in developing a fair, comprehensive public school finance bill. HB 3 provides meaningful new investments in Texas public schools, including an early reading program that funds full-day, high quality prekindergarten for qualifying four-year-old children; more money for dual language education; increased support for students with dyslexia and related disorders; and additional resources to low-income students that prioritizes students with the highest needs.
Additionally, TEPSA believes this bill provides much needed property tax relief while maintaining a strong commitment to giving districts the flexibility and funding to provide for much needed increases in teacher pay.
TEPSA is confident that HB 3 will dramatically enhance student achievement by providing Texas school districts and communities with resources that can lead to significant school improvement. TEPSA stands ready to continue working with legislators to pass this landmark legislation.”