Austin, TX - Yesterday, the Chairman of the House Committee on Public Education, Dan Huberty, was named to the Texas Commission on Public School Finance by Speaker of the House, Joe Straus. Huberty will serve alongside two other members of the public education committee: Reps. Diego Bernal and Ken King.
The commission, established during the first called special session of the 85th Legislature, is comprised of appointees from the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Speaker of the House. The Speaker's appointments, announced earlier this week, rounded out the membership of the 13-member panel.
"I am honored to serve alongside members of the Public Education Committee," Huberty said. "During the regular session, the House clearly spoke on this issue, and I will be proud to represent them in the coming months."
During the 85th Legislative Session and the special session that followed, Huberty authored, and passed through the House, a version of House Bill 21 that would have provided nearly $2 billion to public schools across the state. The bill included several measures which updated decades-old school finance formulas, increased the state's share of education funding, reduced Robin Hood payments, and would have diminished the need for higher property taxes in local communities. The enrolled version of the legislation that passed included significantly less funding.
"I am glad to see that the membership of this panel is representative of different perspectives across the state when it comes to school finance," Huberty added. "It is my hope that we can all work together to provide cohesive and constructive recommendations to the 86th Legislature in order to bolster our public school system."