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Massive Overhaul of School Finance, House Bill 3, Passes the Texas Senate

May 6, 2019

HB 3 Reduces STAAR Tests, does not Increase Passing Standards and Prohibits Evaluating Teacher Performance and Incentive Pay based solely on STAAR test scores

 

AUSTIN– The Committee Substitute to House Bill 3, sponsored by Senator Larry Taylor (R-Galveston) has passed the Texas Senate with 26 yes votes, thereby allowing for the largest school finance overhaul in decades. Senator Taylor said it best, “Texas is way behind on school finance and if we want to continue to be the greatest state in the union, we must change. We’ve got to move our school finance system into the 21stcentury.”

 

CSHB 3 reduces STAAR tests by eliminating the 4th and 7th grade writing tests. Instead, a few writing questions will be added to the existing reading test. CSHB 3 also includes no new Kindergarten testing in the bill and it does not increase passing standards. Students may still pass a STAAR test by ‘approaching grade level,’ a standard that is not changed in the bill. Senator Campbell (R-New Braunfels) stated that, “The need for meaningful School Reform is real and the need is clear for our children.” Although the Texas Supreme Court upheld the current public-school funding system in 2016, the court also urged state lawmakers to implement “transformational, top-to-bottom reforms that amount to more than Band-Aid on top of Band-Aid.” 

 

Senator Taylor outlined the sense of urgency around passing House Bill 3 by referencing the Texas Supreme Court’s opinion, “The Texas Supreme Court ruled that although our system is constitutional, it’s messed up!” CSHB 3 also expressly prohibits evaluating teacher performance and incentive pay based solely on STAAR test scores. CSHB 3 includes some outcomes-based funding related to 3rd grade reading levels but allows school districts to use local assessments for this purpose. Senator Nelson (R-Flower Mound) lauded Senator Taylor saying, “Senator Taylor, thank you for all the hard work that you have put in on this bill, you have gotten us somewhere on school finance that I did not think was possible and I want to thank you for getting us to this point.

 

The Texas Senate knew that passing CSHB 3 would mean meaningful and realistic change. Instead of succumbing to fear and political inertia and led by Senator Taylor, the Texas Senate finally, after decades of band-aides, was able to pass meaningful and long-lasting school finance reform. After more than one-hundred proposed amendments, Senator Taylor closed the proceedings by thanking amongst others, the Education committee members and the committee staff, and urging lawmakers to pass CSHB 3, “Let’s move Texas well into the 21stcentury with this vote.”

 

Lieutenant Governor Patrick (R-TX) also stated his thanks to the entire Senate body, “I want to thank you all for working together efficiently and admirably throughout this process.

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Senate Bill 1978, the save "Chick fil-A Bill," authored by Senator Bryan Hughes (R - Mineola) would prevent a government or public entity from penalizing businesses for exercising their religious beliefs. This bill is essential after Chick-fil-A was barred from opening a location at the San Antonio Airport.

Chick-fil-A should not be punished for choosing to support certain religious organizations that align with their beliefs. Progressive liberals killed the Texas House companion bill, House Bill 3172, but Texas Senate Republicans will not allow the 86th Legislative Session to end without protecting the religious liberty of businesses and individuals.

Read the Bill here: capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/SB01978F.htm
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We are , ONE NATION UNDER ALMIGHTY GOD and is beautiful to see business with this religious spirit This business are so blessed.

Chick-Fil--A is this most successful fast food chain out there right now. I really dont think they need government help. A couple of times they have been denied leases in venues that do a significant amount of their business on Sunday and thus want their patrons to have food available on Sunday. It is a contingency of the lease. Chick-fil-A chooses to not open on Sunday. Both are reasonable stances. Dont need government intervention. It is not religious persecution, it is a business dispute.

Thank you

These other groups are taking advantage of our wanting to do right.

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY AMEN

Great now can you please Find a funding plan for our schools? Why didn't you cap the school portion of our PROPERTY TAX at 2.5 %?how come the teachers are not getting their 5000$ pay raise you all promised? Why can't you end the ROBINHOOD? Can you please tax something else to fund our schools? the 2 year plan you all came up with just kicks the can down the road!

Good now our 2nd Amendment rights are being embezzled by government. We need to show the same concerns for all our rights. Concealed Handgun permits are the embezzlement of the 2nd Amendment.

Common Sense is no longer the norm. We already have a law. Freedom of religion.

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FAA is investigating it.

It's discrimination pure and simple and there are already laws against it. If you don't like a business belief system then don't patronize that business.. but don't force your belief system on anyone else either and they are doing just that by not allowing CFA to open a location at the Airport.

Government is going too far telling to whom a business can or cannot donate to. IMO

Everyone is entitled to an opinion. Just because your beliefs don’t align with a restaurant, you want to deny many others a good place to eat and there aren’t many of those in airports. Don’t like them, don’t shop there, I don’t mind.

I don't go there anyway, sorry i just don't like their food.

Republicans are turning this country to communist

I agree!

Is the chicken from China???

What if they worshipped alah?

Why are you filtering out replies? Since when do you decide which replies I deem relevant? FB has gone way too far!

Everyone dose not like the queer agenda and they should not be penalized for telling the truth about the sinful life styles of others

To you people that don't like Chick-fil-A 🖕

Odd...ignorant politicians using their own personal biases to wrongly claim nonexistent bias. Grow the hell up!

Freedom of religion is why America was founded in the 1st place... Christians were being persecuted for not conforming to the Roman Catholic rule of religion under the law of England.

Quit pounding you chest the so called republicans didn't pass one of the Republican Party if Texas priorities. So far they've proven to be a bunch of closet Democrats

You fool.

Texas Senate Republicans are determined to overhaul School FInance before leaving Austin at the end of this legislative session.

The Committee Substitue to House Bill 3 reduces STAAR tests by eliminating the 4th and 7th grade writing tests. Instead, a few writing questions will be added to the existing reading test. CSHB 3 also includes no new Kindergarten testing in the bill and it does not increase passing standards. Students may still pass a STAAR test by ‘approaching grade level,’ a standard that is not changed in the bill.

CSHB 3 also expressly prohibits evaluating teacher performance and incentive pay based solely on STAAR test scores. CSHB 3 includes some outcomes-based funding related to 3rd grade reading levels but allows school districts to use local assessments for this purpose.

The Texas Senate knew that passing CSHB 3 would mean meaningful and realistic change. Instead of succumbing to fear and political inertia and led by Senator Larry Taylor (R - Friendswood), the Texas Senate finally, after decades of band-aides, was able to pass meaningful and long-lasting school finance reform.

Read the Bill here: capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/HB00003S.htm
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Thank you for working so hard to do what you can. I look forward to the day when school is free market choices but until then any increase in freedoms and local control is a good step. Thank you!

Substitute Iowa Achievement Test for all tests except EOCs.....no benchmarks....no practice tests....just good teaching and tracking of individual progress in ALL subject areas.....COME ON!!! Its not that difficult!!

A positive step.

Let the teachers go back to teaching. Give the raise they so deserve.

So great at least you started seeing how STAAR testing is useless.. you’ve removed writing from two years of testing. Please consider that no two students are alike in how they learn. Standardized testing does not actually tell anyone anything about the learning that a child has made, especially when in some cases it’s been proven to test at two grade levels higher than the students are actually learning at. Currently because of the STAAR testing as well as the unrealistic education board of Texas children are learning concepts beyond their reach. For instance my first grader was learning Algebra 1 concepts in 1st grade. In K, 1, 2 students should be learning the building blocks for what they learn after 2 grade not having to sort through higher level concepts and ideas. 1 + 1 = is acceptable math for a first grader.. 1+ X = 10 what is X is not... Now that being said if you want to help financial reform for education do away with standardized teaching, start paying for supplies and other needs school districts have. Ensure ISDs in smaller more rural towns are able to pay a teacher an acceptable living wage allowing for decent teachers in those smaller schools and per and re-evaluate Texas TEKS to be age appropriate and I think you’ll have all the parents ears and will have done your only sole duty as the government of Texas.

Can you please pass meaningful School FINANCE REFORM? Pleas tax something else besides my PROPERTY to fund the schools THANKS!

I still believe that STARR testing is not worth the money that is spent on it. Schools could use that money for more things that would improve the actual teaching curriculum. Please rethink this!

Those tests are about stamina , they should reduce the number os stories in the tests, if a child can read and understand they don't need 5 or six long boring stories or articles to prove they can read and comprehand.

I'd rather pay a little more at the gas pump or on sales tax than see Texans homes taken away because they can't afford these outrageous school district tax increases. And stop the BS that taxes aren't being increased. Appraised value increase = Property Tax Increase! Many of those losing their homes don't even have school aged children.

I agree, get rid of STARR TEST. Back to basics, ie reading, writing (cursive), arithmetic, homemaking, VOE, shop, etc!!

How about eliminating school taxes to seniors over 60 yrs old!!

There is no such thing as property tax reduction! Any money saved on property taxes will be collected from you thru some other tax or fee! You cannot reduce total taxation without reducing spending! Do not let any politician tell you differently!

Stop over taxing me. Stop it stop it stop it.

Get the legislature out of the classroom, stop STAAR now, let the teachers teach!! Legislators taking the STAAR is a good idea! No pass resign!!!!!!

Politicians need to take a huge pay cut just like everyone else that relies on federal and state monies

Get rid of STAAR testing. It’s a meaningless test that interferes with teaching students and students learning.

Do away with government involved education. Politicians are controlled by the highest bidder, not what's good for the country!

Get rid of the test altogether

I’d like to see it all gone. Let teachers teach. Let kids learn.

I’d like to see it all gone. Let teachers teach. Let kids learn.

Get rid of testing period , not right to have it let the teachers teach.

Removing writing an essay in 4th and 7th grades? Replacing with several questions that merely require a short paragraph? Wow! Standards just keep going down.

Yeah well how much lottery money ate you using....that was supposed to be a tax reducer. BS. .Beurocratic Scam!

Do away with STAAR testing altogether.

Doesn't appear Starr testing helps. Waste of money and time. Dreadful for these children to be stressed out. Go back to basics

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