HB 1525 - school finance (and more) | TCTA
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HB 1525 - school finance (and more)

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Rep. Dan Huberty/Sen. Larry Taylor

HB 1525 is a school finance clean-up bill to address issues arising from implementation of last session’s HB 3. Other substantive provisions were added during the legislative process. At over 125 pages we continue working through this comprehensive bill and will update with any new information as warranted.

  • Includes a TCTA-initiated provision protecting teacher salaries so that districts cannot pay teachers and other employees a salary less than what they earned in 2019-20 (after the HB 3 raises).
  • Allows stipends paid under the Teacher Incentive Allotment program to count for TRS purposes.
  • Extends the literacy academy deadline to 2022-23.
  • Funds tutoring programs.
  • Restores the gifted/talented allotment as a weight of .07, with a cap of no more than 5% of students.
  • Reimburses districts for technology purchases before Feb. 28, 2021.
  • Reimburses districts for additional costs incurred during the winter storm.
  • Changes career/tech education (CTE) funding from the current 1.35 weight to varying weights dependent on courses: 1.1 for non-approved programs, 1.28 for approved programs for levels 1 and 2, and 1.47 for approved programs for levels 3 and 4.
  • Provides full CTE funding for small and mid-sized districts.
  • Increases the fast growth allotment.
  • Allows the use of compensatory education funds for instructional coaches, attendance officer duties, and social emotional wellness programs.
  • Entitles districts to the highest possible comp ed weight for homeless students.
  • Students earning an associate’s degree count toward a district’s eligibility for the college, career, and military readiness bonus.
  • Funds COVID-19 accelerated learning.
  • Expands P-TECH, Regional Pathways Network, and JET.
  • Extends grant programs for students with autism and dyslexia.
  • Requires districts to accept donations from a PTA/PTO for supplemental staff positions.
  • Requires that local school health advisory councils are subject to the Open Meetings Act. Human sexuality materials must be posted on the district’s website and parents must opt in to sexuality instruction for their student.