Guillen announces annual est. $6.4 million funding increase for Atascosa County schools

Minimum of 30% to be spent on teacher pay raises

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Pleasanton Express published incorrect information in last week’s front page story about teacher pay raises stating “all districts are required to give full-time teachers a $5,000 raise.” We sincerely apologize for the error and corrected our E-Edition and website as soon as we realized our mistake. The following press release is an accurate statement on how school districts must use their additional funding from House Bill 3.

AUSTIN – Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Starr County) this week announced that Atascosa County school districts collectively will be receiving, but is not limited to, an annual funding increase of $6.4 million, a minimum of 30% of which must be used toward pay raises for school teachers, counselors, librarians, nurses, and other school employees.

The increase in funding includes an estimated increase for Pleasanton ISD of $1.8 million in 2020 and $2 million in 2021, $1.5 million for Poteet ISD in 2020 and 2021, $1.5 million for Lytle ISD in 2020 and 2021, $1 million for Jourdanton ISD in 2020 and 2021, and $562,000 for Charlotte ISD in 2020 and $454,000 in 2021.

“Our students deserve no less than a worldclass education and every educational opportunity therein. Our educators deserve to be paid what they’re worth. I hope that this helps toward that endeavor,” said Representative Ryan Guillen of the increase in funding.

This year, the 86th legislature passed a public school funding overhaul in HB 3, a bill that Guillen was an author of, changing funding formulas and adding new dollars to the state public education system.

Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/ representative.guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen

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