Supporting Texas Public Schools

For the first time in decades, the legislative leaders in both the state house and senate, along with the Governor, committed to addressing the funding crisis facing Texas public schools. Rep. Cyrier was a founding board member of his local school district's education foundation and understands the critical importance of providing adequate school funding, investing in technology and innovation in the classroom, improving teacher pay. That is why he consistently supports making public education a budget priority.

During his time in the legislature, John has supported efforts to fully fund enrollment growth in Texas public schools and provide an additional $1.5 billion to restore funding cuts to public schools and improve classroom education. Along with these funds, John supported new accountability standards for Texas public schools that rely less on standardized testing and empower parents and local school districts with better metrics for success. John also voted to fill a budget shortfall in the health plan for retired teachers, who have devoted their professional lives to Texas students. He will continue to work for improvements to the accountability system and long-term security for teacher retirement and health care programs.

House Bill 3 , The Texas Plan, provides transformational school finance reform to our public education system by investing billions of dollars into our schools and teachers.

Specifically, the Texas Plan provides $4.5 billion to student-centered education reforms, over $5 billion in statewide property tax relief, and over $2 billion in dynamic pay raises for teachers, librarians, counselors, and nurses. The Plan provides full-day Pre-K for low income students, adopts high-quality K-3 reading standards to ensure Texas schoolchildren read at grade level by 3rd grade and creates the first dyslexia identification program in Texas history.

Additionally, the Texas Plan accelerates student achievement via College, Career & Military Readiness outcomes bonuses, dual-language programs, and extended-year summer programs for students. This legislation also creates a "Do Not Hire" registry to better protect the safety and security of our children at school and simplifies transportation funding and quadruples funding for facilities. Lastly, this plan will direct more funds to schools with higher concentrations of under-served students, including dropouts, students in special education, and residential treatment facilities.

“Being a co-author on this legislation was one of my proudest moments as a state representative. This law is a major win for all Texans and will positively affect generations to come.”

- Representative Cyrier

Senate Bill 12 increases the state contribution to the Teacher Retirement System Pension Fund from 6.8% to 8.8% of the statewide teacher salary cost over the next five year period. This action was taken to shore up the fund’s long-term actuarial soundness.

Additionally, this legislation authorized a "13th Check" in the 2020-2021 biennium, which is a supplemental payment of up to $2,000 for current retirees to help them better cope with living expenses. This legislation was critical to honor the promises made to our retired teachers without increasing the financial burden on active teachers or school districts.