Rep. Travis Clardy talks education, special session

Gov. Greg Abbott applauds Rep. Clardy's efforts for education

Tyler, Texas (KETK) - The 85th legislative special session kicks off on Tuesday in Austin where 20 items will be up for discussion, including teacher pay.

During the session, District 11 Representative Travis Clardy tells KETK he will author and submit legislation increasing teacher pay. The legislation also gives administrators greater flexibility in order to recruit and retain the best teachers in Texas public schools. 

"I'm really hoping that we will make this the public education special session," Rep. Clardy said. "It should've been a public education regular session, but we have an opportunity here to catch up on some of those issues."

Governor Greg Abbott applauded Rep. Clardy for his efforts.

“Our teachers are some of the best in the country, but too many are choosing to work elsewhere because Texas lacks a competitive salary,” said Governor Abbott. “To further ensure that our public schools attract and retain high-quality teachers, we need legislation that supports our educators and provides administrators with more flexibility in compensating our teachers. I applaud Reps. Clardy, Deshotel, and Raymond for their efforts to elevate Texas’ education system and for ensuring we attract and keep the very best teachers in our classrooms.”

Special session agenda items will include:

Sunset legislation

Teacher pay increase of $1,000     

Administrative flexibility in teacher hiring and retention practices

School finance reform commission

School choice for special needs students

Property tax reform

Caps on state and local spending

Preventing cities from regulating what property owners do with trees on private land

Preventing local governments from changing rules midway through construction projects

Speeding up local government permitting process

Municipal annexation reform

Texting while driving preemption


Prohibition of taxpayer dollars to collect union dues

Prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion providers

Pro-life insurance reform

Strengthening abortion reporting requirements when health complications arise

Strengthening patient protections relating to do-not-resuscitate orders

Cracking down on mail-in ballot fraud

Extending maternal mortality task force

“Every Texas student deserves the opportunity for a quality education,” said Rep. Clardy. “That means we must have motivated teachers joining the ranks of the many outstanding professionals we have in Texas classrooms today. The first step to accomplishing that goal is providing competitive pay for our teachers while encouraging some of our best and brightest to work where our education needs are greatest. We must also give our school districts the tools they need to retain and reward our best teachers. I look forward to working with the Governor and my colleagues in the legislature to pass meaningful teacher compensation reform that restores the teaching profession to the honored and respected status it deserves with an increased focus on student outcomes.”

Rep. Clardy represents Rusk, Cherokee and Nacogdoches counties.

To hear Rep. Clardy go more in-depth about his hopes for the special session, click here.

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