It is now about 6:05 p.m. and the Texas House is getting ready to debate Article III, the education article, of House Bill 1. During more than eight hours of debate on Article I, the executive branch, and Article II, health and human services, no significant amendments were adopted, which is bad news for children who need health care, seniors in nursing homes and families looking for a healthy environment for frail grandparents.
As a reminder, Article III would cut $7.8 billion from the public education budget and, along with it, tens of thousands of educators’ jobs. The result will be overcrowded classrooms, closed neighborhood schools and diminished educational quality.
Article III also reduces funding for textbooks and other instructional materials and for prekindergarten and other dropout prevention programs.