On April 3, 2019, the Texas House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed House Bill 3 — legislation co-authored by Representative Senfronia Thompson — that invests $9 billion in Texas classrooms to boost student achievement, support teacher quality, reduce recapture and provide property tax relief. Following a full day of productive discussion on the House Floor, Rep. Senfronia Thompson voted in support of House Bill 3, which passed the House with 149 votes.
“School teachers and administrators from Aldine, Houston, Humble and Spring Independent School Districts in District 141, as well as many others from across the state, have reached out to me to support HB 3. This bill will give their students a fighting chance for a better education with increased funding,” said Representative Thompson. She added, “I am pleased to be a co-author and I thank Speaker Bonnen and my colleagues who supported this landmark education bill.”
School finance reform is the top priority for the Texas House this session and was declared an “emergency item” by Governor Greg Abbott in his biennial State of the State address. House Bill 3 is the first major rewrite of school finance laws undertaken without the threat of a court order, and it puts a stop to decades of patchwork fixes by creating a more equitable public education system.
Following the passage of House Bill 3, Representative Thompson joined Speaker Dennis Bonnen and dozens of fellow State Representatives at a news conference in the State Capitol. Speaker Bonnen thanked Representative Thompson for coauthoring this monumental legislation and for being at the forefront of championing Texas students and teachers.
“I am so proud of Representative Senfronia Thompson for authoring this legislation and for getting the House one step closer to our goal of transforming the public education system for generations to come,” said Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen. “House Bill 3 is one of the most historic and important pieces of legislation this state has seen in decades because it invests in our children, our teachers and our future workforce. This legislation devotes an unprecedented $9 billion to public education and property tax reduction, and we have Representative Senfronia Thompson to thank for driving it toward the finish line.”