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2019 Legislative Priorities

The Richardson ISD Board of Trustees supports legislation that provides adequate resources to Texas public schools and protects local authority to use those resources to meet the needs of all students. RISD Trustees are asking legislators to:

School Funding

  • Keep all funds collected from local school districts M&O property taxes solely for the use of funding independent school districts without reducing the State’s contribution to public education funding.

  • Increase the state’s share of funding public education to allow independent school districts to meet the needs of all students and to provide school board trustees the opportunity to lower property tax rates.

  • Provide transparency to taxpayers by requiring property tax statements show at least three years of local and state contributions to school district operating revenue.

  • Create adjustments in school funding formulas (tie the inflation index to the basic allotment) to allow for an annual increase in funding to help pay for rising costs and expenses associated with operating schools.

  • Adjust the funding formulas and weights (Cost of Education Index [CEI], transportation, bilingual, etc.) to accurately reflect the actual costs of educating all students so that they can meet and exceed the state standards. This should include adding a weight for students with dyslexia.

  • Create adjustments to Chapter 41 (Robin Hood/Recapture) allowing districts paying recapture to retain a portion of those dollars according to the percentage of economically disadvantaged students enrolled in the district.

  • Provide flexibility to districts by removing restrictions on the use of appropriated funds and permit local school districts the ability to allocate such funds, specifically bilingual and compensatory education allotments, for other uses the district deems necessary to satisfy accountability requirements.

Pre-K Funding

  • Fund high-quality, full-day Pre-Kindergarten through the existing funding formulas.

Vouchers

  • Oppose any legislation/program (vouchers, education savings plans, tax credits, tuition reimbursements, charters, etc.) that diverts public tax dollars away from independent school districts without requiring the same mandates and accountability measures that are imposed on districts.

Public Finance

  • Use the Texas Rainy Day Fund/Economic Stabilization Fund for one-time expenses associated with recovery efforts from natural and/or man-made disasters (Examples:Hurricane Harvey and Santa Fe High School).

School Security

  • Ensure that any school safety measures imposed by the state are fully-funded (both capital and operating expenses) and that school districts have flexibility to select appropriate safety measures for their facilities.

Local Control

  • Provide authority to school districts to lower or raise the operating tax rate within a voter- approved maximum rate without an additional election.

TRS Support

  • Provide funding to meet the currently defined TRS benefit plans and actuarial soundness of the pension fund.

  • Increase the state’s contribution to TRS Active Care.

Accountability

  • Eliminate the “forced failure” rule (which lowers a campus’s overall grade if 3 of the 4 grades are less than 60 by assigning an overall grade of 59 (which is an ‘F’). This rule is inconsistent with how the system is designed to highlight the best performance in each of the domains.

  • Include in the growth measure for high schools, the progress for students who have passed and were previously failing.
     
 
 
 
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