Sen. Jane Nelson/Rep. Greg Bonnen

Public schools

  • The state budget fully funds last session’s HB 3 commitments to districts.
  • Includes $3.1 billion in additional funding to cover enrollment growth.
  • Includes $60 million for supplemental special education services (see SB 1716).
  • Includes $464 million for increases in funding and allotments based on HB 1525 changes, and $664 million for programs to help students and schools adversely impacted by COVID-19.

TCTA riders

  • Includes a TCTA-initiated rider (offered by Rep. Chris Turner) to express the legislature’s intent that districts and charter schools maintain salary increases provided to employees in the 2020-21 school year.
  • Another TCTA rider (offered by Rep. Erin Zwiener) ensured transparency in Teacher Incentive Allotment figures for the first time by requiring TEA to specify the anticipated number of designated teachers in each category. By 2023, TEA estimates 3,455 master teachers, 5,867 exemplary teachers, and 5,631 recognized teachers.

TRS

  • Increases the state’s contribution rate to TRS as promised in last session’s SB 12, from the current 7.5% to 7.75% next year and 8% in 2022-23.
  • Increases TRS-Care funding by $40 million.

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