- Public Education
As a former school board president, Dr. Stucky knows first-hand that the worst form of education imaginable is a top-down approach, so he went to Austin to ensure our schools were adequately funded and then to fight for decisions about those funds to be made at the local level.
In 2019, House Bill 3 devoted $4.5 billion to education reforms, $2 billion for dynamic teacher pay raises, and will reduce "Robin Hood" recapture by $3.6 billion.
Furthermore, Dr. Stucky co-authored House Bill 21 in the 85th legislature's special session which created a Texas Commission on Public School Finance. This is the first step towards finally ending the Robin Hood school finance system entirely and changing the way public schools are funded. Property owners have shouldered far too much of the cost for far too long, and it's time to create a more equitable system.
One of Governor Abbott's highest priorities in 2017, high-quality pre-kindergarten, received $236 million in funding during Dr. Stucky's first session in the legislature. And another top priority of Governor Abbott in 2019, school safety, resulted in legislation which will add security personnel, make building security upgrades, and implement new technologies to better protect Texas school children.
Additionally, the legislature has helped shore up the health care system for retired teachers. During the 85th regular session of the legislature, $350 million was earmarked in the budget to increase the contribution rate and address the shortfall in TRS-Care. In the 2017 special session, another $212 million was added to further buy down premiums, and in 2019, $589 million more was allocated to provide retired teachers with a "13th check".
Dr. Stucky was a co-author of this legislation and believes it is critical that we live up to the promises we have made to our retired teachers.