Special Session #3, October 2023 / Special Session #4, November 2023

The governor announced a 鈥 beginning Oct. 9, 2023, and lasting for 30 days 鈥 for the purpose of providing private school subsidies, also known as vouchers or education savings accounts (ESAs).

At the , Trustees approved updated legislative priorities for the special session and resolution for adequate funding for public schools.

The governor announced another special session 鈥撀燽eginning Nov. 7, 2023 and lasting for 30 days 鈥撀燼nd in this call, he included public school funding in addition to ESAs.

Priorities

  1. 麻豆社 is opposed to any type of voucher, including Education Savings Accounts (ESA).
    • Only public schools provide the choice, transparency, and accountability that Texas families deserve. There is no school finance package the legislature can offer that would change our mind.
  2. 麻豆社 supports an update to the school finance system in an effort to address the following:
    • Texas ranks in the bottom 10 nationally for per-pupil spending 鈥 $4,000 per student below the national average.
    • Texas faces a historic teaching shortage, with an attrition rate that is 25% higher than the national average, according to an August 2023 Texas House report.
    • The Teacher Vacancy Task Force presented a list of recommendations prior to the 88th Regular Session. Only a few of these recommendations were implemented 鈥 educator鈥檚 voice is important.
    • The legislature has already appropriated $4 billion for education but needs additional legislation to direct spending.
    • 麻豆社 spent $33 million more on special education in 2022-2023 than was allocated due to the outdated special education allotment. This took away $33 million from other student services.

      Based on these facts, 麻豆社 calls for:
      1. enrollment-based funding,
      2. an increase to the basic allotment with a permanent inflationary measure via constitutional amendment and statute,
      3. consideration of other costs outside of district control,
      4. consideration of regional cost differences,
      5. updated funding weights,
      6. an increase to special education funding to account for actual spending by school districts and lessen the delta between what the state distributes and what the districts must spend to adequately provide for special education students and programs.
  3. 麻豆社 supports local control.
    • Texas public schools are impacted by an erosion of local control when more legislative details are delegated to agency decisions.
    • The Texas Education Code Ch. 11 promotes and establishes local governance led by locally elected trustees and guided by input from the community of students, teachers/staff, and parents.


88th Regular Legislative Session

May 20, 2022:

The Texas 88th Legislative Session opened in January 2023. Archive of previous session’s priorities

When examining legislative priorities, the Board鈥檚 Legislative Committee created two categories: targeted priorities and collaborative opportunities.

LISD Targeted Priorities

Targeted priorities are defined as initiatives that LISD Board members will face decisively. They are:

  • Increased funding for hiring staff and providing the professional development necessary to meet student needs.
  • Continue to monitor student data privacy, as passed in in the 87th Legislative Session, and ensure any data mining by vendors is specifically prohibited.
  • Supports protecting students and parents by ensuring special education advocates and hearing officers adhere to ethical standards and possess qualifications in Texas law and special education prescribed by an applicable state agency.

Collaborative Opportunities

The LISD Board will proactively seek partnerships and engagement on the opportunities identified below:

  • Workforce Retention & Recruiting
    • Apprenticeship programs;
    • Loan Forgiveness;
    • Increased Compensation (State Funded);
    • Alteration of legislation and programs that cause undue burdens on a teacher鈥檚 capacity for time with students (HB 4545 and Reading Academies).
  • : Amend the legislation to allow for more flexibility in implementation, including: altering 3:1 teacher to student ratios and allowing for more discretion on the number of tutoring hours necessary for the individual student. 
  • : Increase funding and provide stipends for teachers to attend (similar to initial academies under the Bush Administration) and allow districts to undergo specific training to offer academies via district personnel. 
  • Support allowing flexible options via a more holistic and comprehensive accountability system for students to ensure their education fits their current and future needs.
  • Support a Special Education Allotment that fully funds each child based upon their needs and individual circumstances. 
  • Oppose differing standards for bond and tax ratification elections than other elections. 
  • Transition school funding from an attendance based system to an enrollment-based system. 
  • Ensure decision making encourages participation by and prioritizes the needs of parents, teachers, staff, and Trustees identified by the Education Code in local governance matters. 
  • Support full and adequate funding for full-day prekindergarten.
  • Support additional funding for measures that provide relief for fast growth school districts, including:
    • Instructional Facilities Allotment;
    • New Instructional Facilities Allotment; and
    • Existing Debt Allotment.

Senators & Representatives in 麻豆社

Sen. Charles Schwertner, Senate District 5

Charles Schwertner
  • House Member, 2011鈥2013; Senate Member, 2013鈥損resent
  • Committee Member:
    • Business & Commerce 鈥 Chair
    • Finance
    • State Affairs

Sen. Sarah Eckhardt, Senate District 14

Sarah Eckhardt
  • Senate Member, 2020鈥損resent
  • Committee Member:
    • Local Government
    • Nominations
    • Transportation
    • Veteran Affairs

Sen. Pete Flores, Senate District 24

Sen. Pete Flores
  • Senate Member, 2018鈥2021; 2023鈥損resent
  • Committee Member:
    • Border Security 鈥 Vice-Chair
    • Criminal Justice 鈥 Vice-Chair
    • Education
    • Finance
    • Water, Agriculture & Rural Affairs

Sen. Donna Campbell, Senate District 25

Donna Campbell
  • Senate Member, 2013鈥損resent
  • Committee Member:
    • Nominations 鈥 Chair
    • Education 鈥 Vice-Chair
    • Business & Commerce
    • Finance

Rep. Ellen Troxclair, House District 19

Rep. Ellen Troxclair
  • House Member, 2023鈥損resent

Rep. Terry Wilson, House District 20

Terry Wilson
  • House Member, 2017鈥損resent

Rep. Vikki Goodwin, House District 47

Vikki Goodwin
  • House Member, 2019鈥損resent

Rep. Caroline Harris, House District 52

Rep. Caroline Harris
  • House Member, 2023鈥損resent

Rep. John Bucy, House District 136

John Bucy
  • House Member, 2019鈥損resent

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