Governor signs Texas school funding overhaul into law
A massive overhaul of how Texas funds public education was signed into law Tuesday as Republican Gov. Greg Abbott trumpeted the $11 billion program that will mean an increase pay for teachers and lower property taxes.
The bill would fund pre-K programs for certain students across the state, provide funding for school districts to add an extra month to the school year for struggling students, and work toward a goal of ensuring all students are reading on grade level by third grade.
While educators are pleased with the increased funding in education, school board members are scrambling to figure out what the new law will mean for their school districts as many rush to finish their annual budgets.