February 25, 2019


AUSTIN - State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) filed a bill last week to implement target goals for organizations that provide adult education and literacy programs, which would determine eligibility for performance incentivized funding.

"Adult education and literacy programs provide invaluable resources for Texans to reach their full potential," said Guillen. "The expectation should be that these programs are not only effective, but strive to perform highly."


The Texas Workforce Commission finances adult education and literacy programs to provide english language, math, reading, and writing instructions to those lacking a high school diploma. Currently, the Texas Labor Code does not specify the requirements for education entities to earn additional performance-based incentive funding for adult education programs. HB 1949 would amend the code to specify what the organizations should strive to achieve with explicit goals and benchmarks.

"This bill will help make sure more adult education and literacy programs provide the best service that they possibly can and reward them for doing so," Guillen added. "It will ensure that more Texans are able to follow and achieve their dreams."


Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and