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Education & School Funding

  • Foundation School Program (FSP)
    Advocate for adequate and equitable funding and oppose any cuts to the FSP. Support an updated and adequately funded formula-based school finance system, which takes into account student and district characteristics when determining appropriate levels of funding to meet state and local standards.

    Education Programs Outside the FSP
    Advocate for increased funding for programs such as the Student Success Initiative, pre-K grant programs, reading and math academies, compensatory education, and Communities in Schools.

    Student Success Initiative (SSI)
    Advocate for additional funding for the SSI in grades 3–8 for all grades and subjects that require remediation. Allocate additional SSI funding for end-of-course exam remediation. Advocate for local flexibility in how districts can utilize SSI funds and oppose any carve outs for special programs.

    Education Service Centers (ESCs)
    Advocate for the restoration of cuts to ESCs from the 2011 legislative session. Funding was reduced from $40.7 million to $25 million.

    Instructional Materials Allotment (IMA)
    Advocate for increased funding for the IMA to ensure districts can provide adequate technology and instructional materials to meet increased standards for students.

    Facilities Funding
    Advocate for additional funding for the Instructional Facilities Allotment (IFA), Existing Debt Allotment (EDA), and the New Instructional Facilities Allotment (NIFA).
    Oppose additional funding for charter school facilities unless adequate funding is provided to traditional public schools.
    Minutes of Instruction
    Advocate for aligning state statutes to ensure full funding for districts that provide dropout prevention/recovery programs, pre-K programs, and other programs that are fewer than 420 minutes per day.

    Charter Schools
    Oppose the further expansion of charter schools unless they are subject to the same accountability and transparency rules as traditional public schools.These include but are not limited to: public notices, transportation, bilingual programs, policy notices, employment contract polices, special education requirements, lunch programs, and nepotism statutes.

    Vouchers, Taxpayer Savings Grants, Virtual Vouchers
    Oppose any state voucher plan, tax credits, taxpayer savings grants, tuition reimbursements, or any program that diverts public tax dollars to private entities, homeschool students, or parents with little or no academic or financial accountability to the state, taxpayers, or local communities.

    Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS)
    Advocate for the continuation of the current defined benefit pension program for TRS members. Advocate for increased state funding to assist with increased health care costs associated with TRS-ActiveCare and TRS-Care.

    Pre-K Funding
    Advocate for full funding of pre-K for all students who meet state eligibility requirements.
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