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Texas State Plan Update

The Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students will go before the SBOE Committee on Instruction on June 13, 2019. 

HB3 Summary and Update

The Texas Legislature finally finished its work on House Bill 3, the school finance and property tax reform bill that increases public education funding by $4.5 billion and earmarks more than $5 billion for school property tax compression.

Although we are disappointed that designated funding for G/T services has been repealed, we are so proud of TAGT and our members’ advocacy efforts. Through your constant emails, Twitter advocacy, and hours sitting together at the Capitol, the changes that we were able to make in the final bill highlight the importance of serving our unique G/T students. In the new law, districts are required to continue G/T services and G/T requirements and certifications have been strengthened, in addition to the significant additional investment from the state to our schools. 

Final HB3 Released; Repeals G/T Allotment, Includes G/T Amendments & Increases Basic Allotment

Since early May, House Bill 3 has been in Conference Committee, made up of Senate and House delegates, working to negotiate differences in their versions of HB 3. Last night, the committee released the final version of the 300+ page bill. 

Updated HB3 Call to Action: Contact Conference Committee Members

On Monday, the Senate passed their version of House Bill 3 which restores the G/T allotment (amendment made by Sen. Jane Nelson). There were major differences from the House bill, and accordingly, the chambers appointed members to negotiate the final provisions of the bill.

Senate Passes HB3, Including Amendment to Restore G/T Allotment! Thank Sen. Nelson and Sen. Taylor!

On Monday, Texas Senate passed its version of House Bill 3 after hours of debate and amendments. Senator Jane Nelson, Senate Finance Committee Chair, submitted an amendment to restore the G/T allotment, which was supported by Senator Larry Taylor, Senate Education Committee Chair, and accepted by the Senate.

Senate Considering HB3, Including Amendment to Restore G/T Allotment, Today! Thank Sen. Nelson and Sen. Taylor!

The Texas Senate is expected to consider its version of House Bill 3 today (watch live here, beginning at 10 a.m.). Senator Jane Nelson, Senate Finance Committee Chair, has submitted an amendment to restore the G/T allotment. 

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