FGSC Statement on House Passage of HB 3

AUSTIN, TEXAS (April 3, 2019)The following statement regarding passage of House Bill 3 should be attributed to Dr. Guy Sconzo, Executive Director, Fast Growth School Coalition (FGSC):

“With the passage of House Bill 3 comprehensive school finance reform takes a critical step forward. This is a pivotal moment for Texas’ fast growth school districts, our larger public school system and local taxpayers.

“We’ve long said that to achieve meaningful property tax relief, the state must show the courage and conviction to fix its school finance system. Today’s 148-1 vote shows the breadth and depth of support for increasing the state’s investment in public education.

“We remain hopeful and optimistic that the Legislature will also take up critical school facilities funding that addresses the unique needs of Texas’ fastest growing school districts. As the state’s share of facilities funding has dramatically declined over the years, many fast growth districts receive little to no state funding for facilities, requiring local taxpayers to shoulder that burden.”

“Fast Growth School Coalition commends Speaker Dennis Bonnen, House Public Education Chairman Dan Huberty and the Texas House for today’s action. And, we look forward to working with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and the Senate to also support fixing our school finance system in order to provide real property tax relief to local taxpayers.”

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About Fast Growth School Coalition

For two decades, the Fast Growth School Coalition (FGSC, fastgrowthtexas.org) has educated and advocated for investment in the state’s fastest growing school districts to deliver the high-quality education Texas students and taxpayers deserve. Texas public schools enroll an average of 75,000 new students every year. Roughly 80 percent of those new students are spread among just 75 of the state’s more than 1,200 public school districts statewide. Follow Fast Growth School Coalition on Twitter and Facebook: @FastGrowthTexas.

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