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2017 Legislative Priorities
  • Direct the state to use any monies collected by school districts for M & O property taxes, including the windfall of property value increases, for the sole purpose of funding education for PreK-12 public schools.
  • Increase 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 the state standards of college and career readiness.
  • Fully fund any mandate imposed on schools by the legislature, and require the Legislative Budget Board to provide school districts with a dollar estimate of the increase or decrease in revenues expected by the possible passage of proposed legislation.
  • Allow for a variety of measures/tests to measure academic growth and achievement (including TSI, ACT, SAT, Advanced Placement exams, and technical certifications) to be used for accountability rating measurements. (Replace STAAR tests or end-of-course exams (EOCs) where viable.)
  • Oppose any legislation/program* that diverts public tax dollars away from public schools. (*vouchers, education savings plans, tax credits, tuition reimbursements, etc.)
  • Provide flexibility in required seat time to allow for non-traditional instruction toward high school graduation. (Example: Dual credit classes that meet on Monday/Wednesday/Friday; internships; alternative education where coursework is accelerated for credit attainment (flexible diploma plans); instructional delivery via technology, etc.).
  • Allow for greater local control in school districts.
  • Provide funding for high quality, full-day Pre-kindergarten.
Archived Updates from 2015 84th Legislative and Special Session.
Archived Updates from 2013 83rd Legislative and Special Session.
Archived Updates from 2011 82nd Legislative and Special Session.

     
 
 
 
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