House Bill 3, the vehicle for school finance reform and public education funding, is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Education Committee next week, according to Senate lawmakers. The hearing could be held as early as Tuesday, April 23.

HB 3 cleared the House two weeks ago. Senate consideration was postponed in order for Gov. Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to first pass SB2, their property tax reform plan, in the Senate.

At stake for Texas taxpayers is increased funding for programs essential to the 5.4 million children in Texas public schools, ranging from early childhood education, special education funding, to providing better wages for teachers to meet the rising costs of living and health insurance.

With six weeks left in the legislative

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