Statement: House school finance bill removes merit pay

In the committee substitute of House Bill 3, bill authors have removed the Educator Effectiveness Allotment’s requirement that districts adopt high-quality merit pay systems to qualify for additional state funding. Following CSHB 3’s layout, Texas Aspires’ Executive Director Will Fullerton released the following statement:

“We are extremely disappointed that teacher unions have won again. House Bill 3, in its original form, was much more comprehensive when it included merit pay for our most effective teachers and further incentives for them to serve in high-needs campuses. Many remaining components will still work for Texas kids, but we certainly look forward to working with legislators to find a way to support districts who have taken the lead on identifying and rewarding the impacts of effective teachers and expand those opportunities for teachers across the state.”


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