January 24, 2018
Austin, TX (01/24/18) — Representative Kyle Biedermann (R- Fredericksburg) is proud of widespread community support for his work on education.
“I appreciate that [Rep Kyle Biedermann] has voted for HB 21. While [he] is right that a comprehensive change is needed in Texas school finance. I appreciate the attention that school finance is receiving. There is room for much improvement in the Texas school finance system, including study and revision of its formulas, weights, and funding sources,” said Mark Cornett, Fredericksburg Independent School District Board Trustee.
“I reviewed the unfunded mandates bill and am supportive of it. I agree with the intent of [Representative Biedermann] and am hopeful that it will gain traction,” said Dr. Eric Wright, Fredericksburg Independent School District Superintendent
Biedermann, even in his first term, has a record of solid legislative accomplishments that address Texas’ broken school finance system! Moving forward, Biedermann has set a road map for future achievements and long-term solutions.
“When I first started my campaign for state office, as I was going to door-to-door, I heard constantly about property taxes and the broken school finance system. On day one I supported efforts to end Robin Hood. We have seniors, working families and small business owners who are being strangled by skyrocketing property taxes. I’ve consistently met with taxpayers, school superintendents, teachers, school board members, retired teachers and students across this district, to discuss ways to fix the school finance system,” said State Representative Kyle Biedermann. “When I was elected I made it one of my top priorities to fix this system and focusing on delivering more money to the areas that need it the most, our teachers and classrooms. This past legislative session I proudly worked with my colleagues to deliver long term solutions, not band-aid fixes, to start the process of correcting this broken system.”
Representative Biedermann delivered the following results for the school finance system:
- STUDENTS FIRST – HB 21: Biederman helped pass legislation that provides support to public schools without raiding the Rainy Day Fund or deferring payments. Includes $151M in ASATR grants, $60M for public school facilities, $60M for charter facilities, $41M for small school adjustment, $212M for TRS-Care, and grants for autistic children.
- TEACHER ENGAGEMENT – HB 22: Biedermann authored and passed a Teacher Engagement Survey, which will give every teacher in Texas the opportunity to voice their concerns and suggestions. The survey will be anonymous so teachers can answer honestly and the results will go directly to the Texas Legislature to consider next session.
- END ROBIN HOOD – HB 286 : Biedermann co-authored this bill to repeal Robin Hood. Unfortunately, the public education committee chose not to hear this bill, or any of the other 4 bills filed (HB 286, HB 1838, SB 603, and HB 1319) that would have drastically reformed Robin Hood.
- END UNFUNDED MANDATES – HB 3759: Biederman authored legislation that would have made unfunded state mandates optional for two years with the option to extend if the legislature does not act on finance reforms. Unfortunately, the public education committee left this bill pending.