Education funding a clear winner in the Texas Legislature

SAN ANTONIO (June 21, 2019) – School finance ruled the 86th Texas Legislature. That was the main message during a legislative update led by the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium (TEGAC) and HillCo Partners, an education lobby group. The update was hosted by the San Antonio Area Foundation.

Nonprofit leaders, government officials, and others listened to a recap of legislative highlights regarding education in Texas. Among the key points:

  • $6.5 billion approved for increased school funding
  • $2 billion approved for pay raises for teachers, counselors, librarians and school nurses
  • $2.4 billion approved to fund enrollment growth from the expected 65,000 additional students arriving in Texas each year
  • $1.1 billion approved to shore up the Teacher Retirement System
  • $806 million approved to provide aid to schools still struggling after Hurricane Harvey
  • $110 million approved to increased school safety
  • Funding approved to finance full-day Pre-K programs for eligible 4-year olds.

In addition, the group received updates on new laws concerning STAAR testing, school safety and mental health. For example, Senate Bill 11 established a school safety allotment, requires all schools in the state to have rules for emergency evacuations and mandatory schools drills, requires all schools to have a policy on trauma-informed care, and requires education services centers to identify mental health resources for students.

The update was part of the Area Foundation’s continued commitment to foster solution-based and action-oriented conversations to improve education in the area. Everyone in our community benefits when education funding is restored. Youth success ultimately becomes a key tenet of economic development, which lifts entire communities out of poverty. 

TEGAC's 86th Texas Legislative Presentation

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San Antonio, TX 78215

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