TAGT Position Statement on House Bill 3 (HB3)
On March 5, 2019, House Bill 3 was filed by the House Public Education Committee. The G/T allotment (TEC Section 42.156) is repealed in House Bill 3, Article 3, Section 3.001 (p. 184).On March 5, 2019, House Bill 3 was filed by the House Public Education Committee. The G/T allotment (TEC Section 42.156) is repealed in House Bill 3, Article 3, Section 3.001 (p. 184).
TAGT recognizes the leadership of Representative Dan Huberty and State Representatives who have worked on House Bill 3, increasing funding for our public schools. In many ways, House Bill 3 appears to be a positive step forward for public education.
However, the repeal of the G/T allotment will further deemphasize the importance of gifted education in Texas. TAGT asks Texas legislators to remove the G/T allotment (Section 42.156) from the list of allotments being repealed in HB3. This will allow for the G/T allotment to continue to support G/T students in Texas.
What can you do? TAGT encourages members to take the following steps:
- Find your legislators and their contact information.
- Share the TAGT Call to Action with your personal contacts.
- View our quick start guide to advocacy and determine what you can do to help.
- Write a letter to your legislator. TAGT has provided a Sample Letter on HB3 that can serve as a base. However, we strongly recommend you customize/personalize this sample letter; form letters are not nearly as impactful.
- Public testimony on HB3 will occur Tuesday, March 12, in Austin. Schedule for testimony is not available yet. If you would like to take part in the public testimony on Tuesday, contact TAGT by Monday, March 11 at 12 p.m., so we can provide you with more information and guidance.