AUSTIN, Texas – –
A historic Day for Texas Education.
Just moments ago, the state Senate passes a comprehensive education reform meant improve public education. Known as HB 3, the bill addresses many issues from teacher raises to school programs during a long session. It’s now on its last phases before Governor Abbott can approve a HB 3 into law.
The bill passed with 26 aye’s, 2 nays, and 3 present not voting. After this the HB 3 is expected to advance to another committee before reaching the governor.
Right before the vote, Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa commented on the senate floor, “I know this is not a perfect bill, but it’s a great beginning, a big change that I can see coming around the corner.”
“I think we approved it like we should in a bipartisan effort. I think the people of Texas are pleased,” added Senator Eddie Lucio III.
Senator Judith Zaffirini claimed, “I am confident and hopeful, Mr. President and Senator Taylor that this bill will be improved as it is considered in conference committee.”
HB 3 is a bill that started on the House of Representatives. It has undergone various committees in both the house and the Senate and is most recently cleared the 5th of 7 stage before becoming a law.
This bill is important for a variety of reasons. It approaches education in a comprehensive way addressing a long list of issues.
Among some of the most popular and well known provisions include increasing teacher all teacher salaries by 5,000 dollars in the upcoming school year, discuss state standardized testing and dual language programs.
The bill will undergo a committee where various issues will be revisited including how the teachers, librarians and school employees will be receiving their raises. As with most bills presented this session, Governor Abbott has until mid June to approve and sign this bill into law.