83rd Regular Session Bills Supporting or Related to

 

AISD’s Legislative Priorities

The district’s legislative priorities and issues are listed below and are matched with filed bills that either support or relate to the priority.  

To review legislative history, read bill texts and analyses and watch archives of committee hearings, among other activities, please visit capitol.state.tx.us

School Finance

Reform School Finance to provide for an adequate and equitable public school finance system. 

Supports

  • HB 21 by Rep. Dan Huberty would partially reform the state school finance system by, among other items, increase the basic allotment and include transportation funding for all districts in the basic allotment. The district would gain approximately $10 million per year in funding under the introduced version of the bill.
  • HB 1326 by Rep. Sefronia Thompson would count students attending full day pre-K in the calculation of WADA.  HB 1388 by Rep. Helen Giddings and companion SB 1650 by Sen. Kirk Watson would count students attending full day pre-K, except those paying tuition, in the calculation of WADA.

 Relates

Update the Transportation Allotment to allow Chapter 41 districts to apply the amount it would receive in transportation funding as a credit against the total amount of recapture.

Supports

Relates

  • HB 882 by Rep. Ken King would revise the way the transportation allotment is calculated.
  • SB 357 by Sen. Waston would change Weighted Average Daily Attendance, or WADA, for Chapter 41 districts to include the transportation allotment and the full effect of the Cost of Education Index.
  • SB 360 by Sen. Watson would, among other actions, provide that the transportation allotment be equal to 50 percent of a district's annual cost of providing transportation.  

Update the Cost of Education Index to address the cost of living and educating students in Austin.

Relates

  • SB 357 by Sen. Watson would change WADA for Chapter 41 districts to include the transportation allotment and the full effect of the cost of education index.

Improve funding for at-risk students by increasing the current funding weight.

Relates

Improve funding for English Language Learners by increasing the current funding weight for bilingual students. 

Supports

Relates

Increase Career and Technical Education weight.

Supports

Relates

  • HB 395 by Rep. Cecil Bell would include both technology education and technology applications courses as eligible for adjusted basic allotment funding.
  • HB 811 by Rep. Ken King would, among other actions, authorize funding for technology applications courses in the same manner as for career and technology courses.
  • HB 1245 by Rep. Philip Cortez would expand the grade levels for which weighted funding can be earned in the Foundation School Program for the career and technology allotment to include grade 8.

Increase the Compensatory Education Index weight to benefit low-income students.

Supports

Exclude contributions made by school districts to the federal social security system from the amount subject to recapture by the state under Texas Education Code, Chapter 41.

Supports

Oppose unfunded mandates.

Relates

  • HB 798 by Rep. Capriglione would require the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) to expand the information provided in "equalized education funding impact statements" to include district-level specific impacts. 

Increase tax transparency by demonstrating whether all property taxes collected for public education are going to public education.

Supports

Oppose diversion of state funds from public schools.

Supports

Concerns

Local Control and Accountability

Allow local school districts to lower tax rates with the authority to return to previously voter-approved rates without an additional election.

Supports

Reform the state accountability system to use a variety of measures and recognize academic proficiency, growth and graduation rates rather than on punitive actions toward schools, teachers and students.

Relates

  • HB 172 by Rep. Lucio would, among other actions, prevent the Texas Education Agency from lowering the performance of school based on English language learners' assessments conducted during a students' first two years of attendance.

Repeal the A through F Rating System and empower school districts to develop their own system, while meeting general state requirements.

Supports

  • HB 843 by Rep. Gonzalez would replace the A–F rating labels with the labels "Exemplary, Recognized, Acceptable, or Needs Improvement." 

Excellence in Programming and Services

Provide state funding to support campus-based mental and behavioral health services.  

 Relates

  • HB 2864 by Rep. Joe Moody would allow districts to contract with mental health authorities for mental health services and be reimbursed under Medicaid.

Require that campus- based mental and behavioral health practitioners be admitted as in-network providers.

Supports

  • SB 411 by Sen. Watson would prohibit health insurance plans from rejecting the initial application of campus-based mental health professionals based on the number of providers in the applicant's geographic area.   

Expand  funding for high-quality Pre-K.

Supports

Relates 

Other Legislation of Interest