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Teach Plus Commends Texas Legislature and Governor Abbott for Investing in Students and Teachers

May 23, 2019

Austin, TX―Teach Plus Texas today issued the following statement on the release of HB 3, the bill that significantly increases the state’s share of education funding, and invests in strategies proven to drive student achievement:

“Teach Plus and Teach Plus teacher leaders commend Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Chairmen Dan Huberty and Larry Taylor, and members of the Texas legislature for investing in students and teachers.  With a long-term commitment to substantial increases to the state’s share of school funding, we will provide our schools with much-needed resources to help our students thrive.  

Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellows have consistently advocated for the state to significantly increase funding for schools, with a special focus on expanding access to pre-K, serving low-income students and English Language Learners, increasing the Basic Allotment, and investing in outstanding teaching.  Houston chemistry teacher and Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow Aletha Williams said, "With these strategic investments in education, we can ensure that all Texas students have the opportunity to shine."

Lindsay Sobel, Teach Plus Texas Executive Director, stated: "Texas students deserve a world class education regardless of their zip code.  HB 3 provides substantial new funding for education, strategically allocated to ensure a bright future for our students and the Lone Star State.”  

Added San Antonio 4th grade bilingual teacher and Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow Sarah Perez, "As a teacher, I thank the legislature for taking steps to provide adequate and equitable funding for the state’s highest-need students. HB 3 will ensure that all students have access to great teaching and a high-quality education."

About Teach Plus
The mission of Teach Plus is to empower excellent, experienced teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that affect their students’ success.  Since 2009, Teach Plus has trained thousands of teacher leaders across the country who are driving policy changes and improving the instructional practices of teachers to create an education system driven by equity, access, and excellence for all students.  teachplus.org