Governor Greg Abbott has also signed into law, a massive overhaul of Texas’ school finance system.
Joined by lawmakers, superintendents, teachers, and others in the education community, Abbott signed House Bill 3.
According to Abbott’s office, the measure will reform school finance, reduce property taxes, and increase teacher pay.
The legislation also creates an incentive pay program for teachers, dedicates more state funding for schools, and adds career, college, military readiness, and bonuses for school districts.
The bill also funds full day pre-kindergarten for students in poverty.