2016 Houston Area Gold Ribbon Elementary School.
For the first time ever, HISD voters are being asked to send millions of local property tax dollars to the state of Texas under the “Robin Hood” school finance law. Under the law, the state receives local revenue from districts deemed “property-wealthy” and redistributes those funds to pay for public education — a process known as “recapture.”
HISD has been identified as “property-wealthy,” even though nearly 80 percent of its students come from low-income families. HISD’s recapture payment for the 2016-17 school year is approximately $162 million. This has already forced HISD to cut $95 million from the 2016-17 budget – $40 million from schools alone. More importantly, rising property values will cause HISD’s estimated recapture payments to grow, and the district could send more than $1 billion to the state in the coming years – unless the Texas Legislature makes changes to the school finance system when it convenes in 2017.
Local voters must decide whether to approve HISD’s $162 million payment by “purchasing attendance credits” in a measure on the Nov. 8 ballot. Here’s the ballot language the state requires:
Authorizing the board of trustees of Houston Independent School District to purchase attendance credits from the state with local tax revenues.
If the measure is approved, HISD will pay $162 million next spring, and the state will redistribute this revenue to fund public education in Texas. If approved, the district will continue to make recapture payments for the foreseeable future. Voter approval will no longer be required for HISD to send an estimated $1.1 billion to the state in the coming years.
If the measure is not approved, HISD would then be subject to other measures to redistribute the district’s property wealth, such as detachment of $18 billion worth of commercial property next July. The Texas Education Agency will detach a portion of HISD’s commercial property and reassign it to other school districts in Texas, where it will be taxed at those districts’ rates. Those districts would likely impose taxes at a higher rate than HISD, which has one of the lowest property tax rates in the state. HISD would lose that revenue from the business community, and the local share would possibly increase.
Either way, the Texas Legislature in 2017 could make changes to the school finance system to avert or lessen the impact of HISD’s “Robin Hood” payment. HISD is working with other districts to encourage a legislative solution to the school finance problem when the 2017 session convenes in January.
You may voice your opinion with your HISD board member and state lawmakers by explaining how recapture impacts your home and your community.
Please share this information with your community, and thank you for your continued support of the students of HISD.
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Greetings Students, Parents/Guardians,
It is with excitement and enthusiasm that I greet you as the principal of Edward White Elementary School.
Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year! I hope that you are as excited as I am about beginning the year with Ed White pride. This year while focusing on creating a positive learning culture for all students, we will continue to add opportunities for students to expand their critical thinking skills and increase their knowledge in reading/language arts, science, and mathematics while emphasizing the key to “Unlocking Students’ Potential.”
Every year we invite our parents to volunteer and get involved at the school. If you are interested in helping out, please call (713) 778-3490 to speak with Mrs. K or Mrs. P. Vazquez, who will be our Volunteer Coordinators this year.
Tardiness and truancy will not be tolerated at Edward White Elementary School. The beginning of the day is extremely important to students and teachers. When a child arrives late, the students and teacher are inconvenienced and the late student is unaware of announcements and instruction that has already begun. In addition, arriving on time is a habit that we work to establish with all children at a young age. Please make every effort to have your child at school on time daily. Frequent offenders will be referred to the school social worker so that appropriate action can be initiated to improve the situation. Please note, perfect attendance awards will not be given to students who are tardy.
You are invited to meet your child’s teacher Thursday, August 20, 2015, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm during our Meet/Greet & Back to School Supply Sale.
Hours of School Operation Effective August 24, 2015
Breakfast in the Classroom 7:35 A.M. - 8:05 A.M.
Start of Instruction 7:45 A. M.
Tardy Bell 7:46 A.M.
Dismissal Time 3:00 P.M.
Early Dismissal 7:45 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
· Dark blue pants, walking shorts, jumper, or skirt. The only shorts that are permitted are navy blue walking shorts. Shorts must be uniform style.
· Plain, white or navy, shirts or blouse (Shirts and blouses tucked in at waist).
· Ed White colored Field Day shirts including navy Field Day shirts may be worn only on Fridays.
Through active participation and collaboration, we will work together to ensure student success. Let’s make this school year the best one ever!
Yours in education,
Paulette A. Caston, Principal