Rev. Salazar, Guest Author for Prominent Texas Baptist Group, Texas School Finance
Last week, Rev. Girien Salazar, Executive Director of the Faith and Education of the NHCLC, was featured as a guest author in a blog for the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT), an association of nearly 5,700 Texas Baptist churches. Rev. Salazar wrote a piece titled “Texas Schools on Track to Receive Financial Infusion” for the BGCT’s advocacy group for ethics, public policy, and community ministry, the Christian Life Commission. In this piece he updates readers on the status and progress of policy related to school finance for Texas’ 86th Legislative Session. He writes:
“More than 90 percent of Texas school children will attend Texas public schools. Increasing quality and funding for public schools is critical to having a highly skilled workforce and building a healthy Texas economy.”
“HB 3 would increase the basic per-pupil allotment for all school districts (from $5,140 to $5,880), which will inject $9 billion dollars into the school finance system. Texas needs a school finance system that propels students out of poverty and helps all students reach their full potential.”
In addition to per-pupil allotment, Rev. Salazar also discusses issues of full-day pre-k, financially disadvantaged students, “summer slide,” and English language learners, all in relation to the overall goal of closing persistent educational opportunity and achievement gaps.
Click here to read Rev. Salazar’s blog in full.
For a Just education,
FE Coalition Team