School finance, pay raises, charters and pensions among House committee interim studies

Speaker Dennis Bonnen has instructed the House Public Education Committee to study the implementation of House Bill 3, the new school finance law, including an examination of pay raises districts have given teachers and staff and the “various approaches adopted to differentiate these salary increases according to experience.”

He also asked the committee to monitor charter conversions under SB1882, the Texas Education Agency’s implementation of the A-F school rating system and the implementation of new laws related to school safety and behavioral health.

The House Appropriations subcommittee on Article III will monitor the ongoing costs associated with House Bill 3. And the full Appropriations Committee will join the Committee on Pensions, Investments and Financial Services in reviewing and evaluating the actuarial soundness of teacher and state employee pension funds.

The speaker also asked the pensions panel to monitor the Teacher Retirement System’s actions in “implementing high deductible regional plans for certain school districts interested in providing alternatives to the current TRS Active Care options.”

To see all of the speaker’s committee charges, click here.