HB 1

Status: Sent to comptroller for certification​
Author: Rep. John Zerwas 
Sponsor: Sen. Jane Nelson
Summary: Includes more than $11 billion in new general revenue funding (in addition to the extra funding needed for enrollment growth) for the biennium for public schools and property tax relief. $6.5 billion of that covers an increase in school funding formulas that includes an increase in the basic allotment for schools from the current $5,140 per student to $6,160, a 20% increase.

It also includes full-day prekindergarten for eligible students and reforms to the school finance system (see HB 3).

$5 billion is for property tax relief through the compression of school district property tax rates. 

$100 million is included for the school safety allotment in SB 11, as well as additional funding for related higher education institutions such as the School Safety Center and Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training at Texas State, and the Telemedicine Wellness Intervention Triage and Referral program at Texas Tech.

HB 1 includes $230 million in new funding to maintain TRS-Care premiums (no premium increases for retirees) and plan benefits for the biennium.

Specific programs

  • General revenue funding was nearly doubled for Communities in Schools from $15.5 million per year to more than $30 million per year.
  • Funding for the Early Childhood School Readiness Program at the Children's Learning Institute at UT Health Science Center increased from $1.75 million/year to $3.7 million/year.
  • Advanced Placement Initiative funding (which includes funds for examination fees for students and teaching training costs) increased from $7.3 million/year to $9.25 million/year.
  • Amachi Texas funding (for mentoring children of incarcerated parents) rose from $650,000/year to $2 million/year.
  • P-TECH funding increased from $2.5 million/year to $4 million/year.
  • A rider provides that TEA must provide grants of $10 million/year for innovative services for students with autism, and another $10 million/year for innovative services for students with dyslexia.
  • The commissioner must allocate $1 million each year to a non-governmental organization with an established safe school sinstitute to provide customized school safety programming.
  • The commissioner must spend $500,000 per year for grants for pre-K services at intergenerational facilities that also provide elderly daycare services.
  • The commissioner must allocate $250,000 each year for grants for a mobile STEM lab grant program.

(Click here to return to the 2019 session bill summary page.)