State Representative Justin Holland Authors Monumental School Finance Legislation

(AUSTIN, TX – March 5, 2019) Today, State Representative Justin Holland (R-Rockwall) authored House Bill 3 which invest $9 billion in funding, above the current enrollment growth and current law entitlement, towards student achievement, teacher quality and property tax reform. Following the bill’s filling, Representative Holland was proud to join dozens of fellow House colleagues at a bipartisan joint press conference to announce their support of HB 3.

Representative Holland said after the announcement, “As a father of two young daughters, I know the impact our teachers and schools make on our children’s lives. The Texas Plan introduced today is a great start to this conversation and I am proud of the bold moves we are making to transform the school finance system to advance student achievement and prioritize teacher quality. I’m eager to work with my colleagues and local stakeholders to ensure the successful passage of this legislation.”

As filed, House Bill 3 would put more money into the classrooms by raising the basic allotment to $890 per student; lower school property tax rate by 4 cents statewide; reduce recapture by 38 percent; fund full-day, high quality Pre-K for low income students; substantially raise the minimum teacher salary schedule; quadruple the amount allocated to fast growing districts for new instructional facilities; expand career and technology education programs for students in grades 6-12 and establishes new grant program allowing parents to utilize additional services for children with learning disabilities.

School finance and property tax reform are the two top priorities for the 86th Texas Legislature, and both have been declared emergency items by Governor Greg Abbott. House Speaker Dennis Bonnen opened up the press  conference, thanking House Members for authoring this critical legislation that will make monumental improvements in the lives of Texas teachers and students.

“I applaud Representative Holland for authoring House Bill 3 and for taking us one step closer to passing transformational school finance legislation this session,” said Speaker Bonnen. “By committing to meaningful, lasting investments in Texas classrooms through House Bill 3, Representative Holland is at the forefront of preparing our students for the demands of a bustling workforce and keeping the State of Texas a beacon of economic opportunity. I look forward to working with Representative Holland to pass this critical legislation into law.”

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State Representative Justin Holland is a sixth-generation Rockwall native and Realtor since 2006. He serves Texas House District 33, which includes Rockwall County and portions of Collin County.

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