TCCTA lobbyist Beaman Floyd, on March 27, testified against HB 25, a bill seeking to incrementally boost the prospective level of outcomes-based funding for higher education institutions from ten percent (as stipulated in current appropriations proposals) to 25 percent. He spoke to the House Committee on Higher Education.
A committee substitute for HB 25 is not available for viewing. Testimony by the bill's sponsor, Rep. Dan Branch (R-Dallas), who chairs the House panel, stated that his measure is intended to require the ten percent level for the next biennium (2014-15), then dial up the rate to 25 percent during subsequent fiscal years.
Rep. Branch compared the measure to HB 9, passed in 2011, which set up a process to formulate metrics to be used for outcomes-based funding. TCCTA opposed HB 9 in testimony.
Mr. Floyd stated that teachers represent the "keeper of the mace" regarding standards and course rigor, expressing concern that HB 25 might jeopardize faculty's ability to "keep a grip" on the mace. He noted that TCCTA works closely with all parties devoted to improving student success, including an historic partnership providing an online resource devoted to improving pedagogy, the Texas Network for Teaching Excellence.
"The issue for TCCTA is the number," he said, referring to the plan to increase the percentage of revenue for outcomes-based funding. The Texas Association of Community Colleges has expressed support for ten percent, but did not testify on HB 25.
The bill was supported in testimony by Bill Hammond, president of the Texas Association of Business, and Justin Yancey, executive director of the Texas Business Leadership Council.