If one thing is certain following the teacher walkout and thousands of conversations with educators during the last two weeks it is that the numerous issues with our public school system are the result of decades of neglect. Those issues won’t be fixed overnight, and they simply cannot be fixed in a matter of weeks.
Since I became Speaker of the House, education funding has been our top priority. Prior to the walkout, I led a bipartisan effort in the House of Representatives to pass the largest investment in common education in history and provide the largest pay raises our teachers have ever received. The Fiscal Year 2019 common education budget is nearly $500 million more than it was last year and every public school teacher will receive at least a $5,000 raise – the average is $6,100 – and the budget, contrary to misinformation, is fully funded. The passage of House Bill 1010XX marked the first time since voters passed State Question 640 in 1992 that a revenue bill has crossed the nearly impossible three-fourths majority threshold required by the state Constitution.
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