House Representative

Howard, Donna

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04/27/2017

Rep. Donna Howard Celebrates House Passage of HB 223

Lawmaker's Bill Would Provide School Districts the Ability to Use Their Compensatory Education Allotment for At-Risk Teen Parents

AUSTIN - Today, the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 223 by Representative Donna Howard. The measure would give school districts additional flexibility in the use their compensatory education allotment. Rep. Howard released the following statement:

"HB 223 would help to provide vital wraparound support services, including day care, to teen parents who are at risk of dropping out of school.

"The State previously provided grant funds for these types of programs, but they were eliminated by the 2011 budget cuts. Since then, some schools have been cobbling together resources to meet this need, but those dollars are not available to all districts.

"HB 223 gives ISDs the option to utilize their compensatory education allotment for this goal. This allotment is already dedicated to services for at-risk youth, and this change would better ensure that young mothers and fathers have assistance that is necessary to finish their education so they can provide for their families.

"I am grateful for the House's favorable consideration, and I hope that the Senate will take swift action to help keep these at-risk teens in school."

CONTACT: Scott M. Daigle