State Legislative Priorities

Legislative Process

87TH TEXAS LEGISLATIVE SESSION

  • SCHOOL FINANCE

    • Maintain funding levels set in HB 3
    • Protect HB 3 funding that helps address the needs of at-risk students and dyslexic students
    • Eliminate penalties on school districts that provide property tax relief to homeowners
    • In determining recapture thresholds, continue HB 3’s focus on student needs and consider extra costs not currently covered by school finance formula for special need students

    STUDENT EQUITY

    • Provide additional funding to address the digital divide and to ensure connectivity for all students who need remote instruction
    • Reestablish the telecom discount program to support distance learning
    • Provide school districts the ability to quickly shift to remote instruction (both full-time or as needed, as determined by the district) when a disaster has occurred
    • Assist school districts in supporting families with remote instruction and needed technology, such as hot spots, to ensure that parents have the necessities for continued education of students

    COVID CONSIDERATIONS

    • Help school districts with resources and flexibility in addressing staff shortages, attendance variations, health and safety issues, mental health issues, and truancy issues arising from COVID-19
    • Address recapture problems that could arise from potential tax collection issues due to COVID-19
    • Help school districts with funding to protect students with cybersecurity software and/or hardware appliances for internet filtering and other protective technologies
    • Help school districts with funding to help with the systems management of devices such as computing devices and hotspots that include asset management, software application deployment, and engagement tracking

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