March 6, 2019


AUSTIN – As an author of HB 348, State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is working to allow for compensation bonuses to be awarded to Texas teachers who complete training on educating students with autism.

"As I've said before, Texas teachers deserve to be fairly compensated for their time, work and dedication," said Guillen. "Those who go above and beyond in educating themselves further in order to work with children who have special needs should not only be acknowledged for their diligence, but rewarded monetarily."    


Although some educators possess the skill set and ability to work with children with autism, it's understandable and typical for school districts to require the completion of a formal training on the matter before allowing them to do so in the classroom. This has inevitably led to a shortage of formally qualified special needs teachers in Texas, while at the same time, the number of children with autism in the public school system continues to increase every year.

"Through this measure, we take a step to ensure that the Texas school system is not only supportive of our special needs children, but able to provide them with the highest quality education possible," Guillen concluded.


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