Pressure mounts on governor’s education agenda

August 1, 2017


AUSTIN – Texas House Members spent much of Tuesday criticizing the governor’s plans to give teachers a pay bump and allow parents to send students to private schools, casting doubt that the proposals would pass in the lower chamber which has repeatedly voiced skepticism over the bills they say fall short of addressing the state’s larger education problems.

Although lawmakers wrestled with several of the governor’s priority education issues in a public hearing that lasted into the night, the full House passed bills aimed at fixing the state’s teacher retirement system that would have cost retirees younger than 65 years old thousands of dollars a year in health care costs.