KIPP Texas CEO Sehba Ali joined with education leaders from across the state in urging Texas legislators to maintain funding for House Bill 3, a transformational education bill passed with bipartisan support in 2019.
House Bill 3 was designed to support teachers and create incentives for teacher excellence, expanded early childhood education, and placed emphasis on improving student outcomes and ensuring equity for rural students and students considered economically disadvantaged.
“We realize that legislators are confronting difficult economic circumstances and may face pressure to pull back on the crucial investments made in House Bill 3,” said KIPP Texas CEO Sehba Ali. “Given the extremely challenging academic year for all public school students, especially those from low-income homes, now is not the time to retreat from these reforms.”
Click here to read the letter to Governor Abbott and state legislators from the CEOs of KIPP Texas, Children At Risk, Dallas College School of Education, Empower Schools, IDEA Public Schools, Raise Your Hand Texas, Teach for America Texas, Texas District Charter Alliance, Uplift Education and dozens of other organizations across the state.
ABOUT KIPP TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
KIPP Texas Public Schools is an open-enrollment, public network of 59 charter schools across the state. KIPP Texas educates nearly 30,000 pre-K through 12 students with plans to grow to 100,000 students across Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. KIPP Texas students graduate college at a rate three times higher than the national average for low-income students.
KIPP Texas is part of the national KIPP network of college-preparatory public charter schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Nationwide, KIPP students complete four-year college at a rate of 36 percent, comparable to the national average for all students and approximately three times higher than the average of students from low-income families. www.kipptexas.org