House Committee Hears Bipartisan Legislation to Incentivize District-Charter Partnerships

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The House Public Education Committee heard House Bill 3439 today. The legislation aims to incentivize partnerships between traditional public schools and public charter schools and is authored by Representative Linda Koop (R-Dallas).

“For far too long in public policy, we’ve pitted charter schools against traditional schools. Texas Aspires believes the Texas Legislature has a unique opportunity with House Bill 3439 to begin to rectify that misguided trend,” Texas Aspires’ executive director, Courtney Boswell, said of the bill. “We are thrilled that Rep. Koop agrees with Texas Aspires and filed legislation that would provide incentives for school leaders in Texas to come together to provide new solutions for Texas students.”

“This concept is the natural second step many advocates have hoped for, as it encourages the injection of innovative ideas pioneered by charter leaders into traditional schools.”

Courtney Boswell
Executive Director, Texas Aspires

House Bill 3439 has garnered bipartisan support with joint authors Rep. Morgan Meyer (R-Dallas), Rep. Joe Deshotel  (D-Beaumont), Rep. Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston), and Rep. Oscar Longoria (D-Mission). The bill is coauthored by Rep. Rodney Anderson (R-Grand Prairie), Rep. Diana Arévalo (D-San Antonio), and Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas). HB 3439’s companion in the Texas Senate, Senate Bill 1882, is authored by Sen. José Menéndez (D-San Antonio) and Sen. Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston).

“We often talk about ‘important first steps’ in public education policy, but this legislation bucks that trend,” Boswell added. “This concept is the natural second step many advocates have hoped for, as it encourages the injection of innovative ideas pioneered by charter leaders into traditional schools. By bringing together the strengths of both the charter school sector and the traditional school sector, we see great things ahead for public education in the Lone Star State.”

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