Board of Trustees Adopts Resolution, Legislative Priorities for Texas Legislature’s Special Session
October 26, 2023
At the Oct. 23 meeting, the Dripping Springs ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved Resolution #2024-08 and legislative priorities regarding the Texas 88th Legislature’s 3rd Special Session and how it affects Texas public schools.
The resolution states that the Board of Trustees will work with elected officials to support legislation that aligns with the following priorities:
Opposes the diversion of funds from Texas public schools, including new funds, for any school voucher, educational savings account, tax credit, or charter school program until the State of Texas funds its public schools above the national average.
Increases the basic allotment and establishes a mechanism for automatic, inflation-adjusted increases to the basic allotment every biennium to account for the increase in overall educational services to students, additional funding needed for special education programming, staff pay increases, and the full funding of state-mandated school safety standards.
Advocates for additional state funding for educator and staff compensation, employee health and retirement benefits through the Teacher Retirement System (TRS), and substantial financial aid and other programs as incentives for prospective teachers to enter the profession.
Supports for the establishment of a fair, transparent, and comprehensive accountability system that looks beyond high-stakes multiple-choice exams to meaningful assessments that have value for students, parents, teachers, and community stakeholders with advance notice of implementation.
Read the resolution and legislative priorities at the links below.