The House Public Education Committee held a formal hearing Wednesday to vote out three bills, including a bill to help certain districts losing state funding and legislation addressing teacher salaries. 

HB 198 by Rep. Travis Clardy originally created a process for teacher pay increases that included new “master,” “accomplished,” and “distinguished” criteria based in part on student performance. The committee substitute that passed instead requires a joint legislative study on the issue of teacher compensation.

HB 367 by Rep. Ken King is another attempt to provide assistance for districts losing money because of the elimination of ASATR (additional state aid for tax reduction). King's original bill died on the House floor Friday.

SB 16 by Sen. Larry Taylor, sponsored in the House by Rep. Phil King, is one of the governor's priority items, creating a commission to study school finance.

The bills will now be eligible for consideration on the House floor. Time is running out for House bills that have not yet passed through the House - the last possible day of the special session is Aug. 16.