CPPP statement on “Big 3” opening remarks

CPPP Statement on Legislative Session Opening Remarks from Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick and Speaker Bonnen

AUSTIN, Tex. – At a group press conference this morning, Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen highlighted school finance, property taxes and other issues as shared priorities for the legislative session.

In response, CPPP CEO Ann Beeson issued the following statement:

“It’s great to see the Governor, Lt. Governor and House Speaker united in their commitment to remodeling our public school finance system this legislative session. Money matters in education to support dedicated teachers and investments in science, computers, art and other programs.
“We are ready to help with the details to ensure that Texas students from all ZIP codes and backgrounds receive the high-quality education they deserve. We will remind state leaders that recapture, or “Robin Hood,” is working as intended to level the playing field between school districts. It’s the underfunding by the state of the overall school finance system that leaves too many schools struggling.

“When the state begins paying its fair share of public education costs, we will achieve more equitable funding for Texas schools and lower property taxes.

“We look forward to working with state leaders to advance the big issues that matter.”

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