Federal Legislative Priorities

117TH CONGRESS – 1ST SESSION

  • SCHOOL FINANCE

    • Increase Title 1 funding and include Maintenance of Effort (MOE) requirements for state legislatures to keep pace with inflation and enrollment growth
    • Boost federal share of IDEA funding from 15% to statutorily authorized 40%
    • Provide the necessary funding for USDA to continue the Summer Feeding (SFSP) program for 2020-2021 school year allowing all meal types to be distributed to eligible students in non-congregate locations such as playgrounds, bus stops, residential locations, and community locations

    STUDENT EQUITY

    • Provide additional funding to address the digital divide and to ensure connectivity for all students who need remote instruction
    • Additional funding for school safety efforts to protect students and faculty
    • End diversion of federal K-12 funds from public schools to private or religious schools
    • Ensure full and accurate Census count 

    COVID CONSIDERATIONS

    • Provide school districts with resources and flexibility to address staff shortages, attendance variations, health and safety issues, mental health issues, and truancy issues
    • Grant liability protections for all good faith efforts to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of students and faculty

Contact

  • Matthew Conner
    Director of Government Relations
    Office of Communications and Public Relations

    Houston Independent School District
    4400 West 18th Street
    Houston, Texas 77092

    Phone: 713-556-8869
    Matthew.Conner@houstonisd.org