A recently passed school finance reform bill could give El Paso-area school district more money per student.
House Bill 3, which was co-authored by state Rep. Cesar Blanco (D-El Paso), passed the Texas House of Representatives on Wednesday.
According to a news release from Blanco’s office, if the bill is passed into law it will put $9 billion in state education funding, including $2.4 billion in pay raises for teachers and full-time support staff.
The bill would send $813 per student to the El Paso Independent School District and Ysleta Independent School District, the release said. Additionally, EPISD will get another $41.8 million and YISD will land about $30.2 million.
“Education is our society’s greatest equalizer,” Blanco said in the release. “This historic bill puts more money in classrooms to give our kids the tools and resources they need to succeed in school and in life. I am proud to co-author and vote for this landmark bill.”
The bill overhauls the way the state funds schools. The Texas Senate recently approved $5,000 across the board pay raises for teachers and librarians.
“That’s going to be a starting point for the two chambers to look at,” said Monty Exter with the Association of Texas Professional Educators. “Then it simply becomes an issue of trying to ensure that there are enough dollars going into the system which can guarantee pay raises which are very needed for our state’s teachers in addition to being able to reform the finance system, which is desperately needed as well.”