‘Don’t cut and keep going’: Bernal seeks to preserve education funding in 2021 legislative session

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from San Antonio Report,

Educators and school leaders have expressed concern that state lawmakers will cut public education funding again to make ends meet, as they did in 2011 when they slashed $5 billion from the state school budget. Many also are worried that the school finance reform law passed in 2019, House Bill 3, will take a hit. The law increased per-student funding for public schools and provided money for teacher pay raises, free full-day pre-K for eligible students, and early learning initiatives for economically disadvantaged students and English language learners.

As vice chairman of the House Committee on Public Education, state Rep. Diego Bernal (D-San Antonio) will be a key player in education legislation during the session. The San Antonio Report talked to him about the key issues facing the Legislature

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