86th 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.
Public School Finance
A state system of public school finance that provides an adequate and equitable public school finance system, ensuring an excellent education for all Texas students.
State Share—A state system of public school finance that keeps all local property taxes in public education and a constitutional amendment that allows voters to decide whether to return State funding to at least 50 percent of the cost of maintaining and operating public schools.
- HJR 24 by Rep. Charlie Geren proposes a constitutional amendment requiring the state to pay at least 50 percent of the cost of maintaining and operating the public school system and prohibiting the comptroller from certifying legislation containing an appropriation for public education unless the requirement is met.
A state system of public school finance that freezes or limits the amount of recapture collected by the state under Chapter 41, Texas Education Code.
- HB 443 by Rep. Morgan Meyer limits recapture to not exceed a school district’s Maintenance & Operations expenditures plus inflation.
- HB 664 by Rep. Ken King limits recapture to the amount equal to 60 percent of the amount of Maintenance and Operations tax revenue collected by the district
- HB 729 by Rep. Kyle Beidermann limits recapture, allowing property wealthy districts to keep at least the state average per student.
Funding Formula—A state system of public school finance that accurately reflects the cost of education, in the basic allotment, cost of education index, and funding weights, and that is updated at regular intervals.
- HB 89 by Rep. Mary Gonzalez and companion bill SB 136 by Sen. Jose Rodriguez requires TEA to conduct a review of weights, allotments, and adjustments to determine the effectiveness of existing weights, allotments, and adjustments in fulfilling the mission of the public education system, and provides specific factors to be considered in the review.
- HB 202 by Rep. Diego Bernal relates to a study regarding the costs of educating educationally disadvantaged students and students of limited English proficiency.
- HB 699 by Rep. Cėsar Blanco increases the bilingual allotment from 0.1 to 0.25.
A state system of public school finance that provides funding for career and technical education for students in sixth through eighth grades.
- HB 341 by Rep. Cortez provides CTE funding for students in eighth grade.
TWC Skills Development Fund—A state system of public school finance that expands the eligible grantees of the Texas Workforce Commission Skills Development Fund to include school districts and an increase in state funding to accommodate such grants.
Supports (minus appropriation of funds)
- HB 700 by Rep. Ryan Guillen expands the eligible grantees for TWC Skills Development Fund to local workforce development boards, public libraries, and school districts.
A more simple and transparent system of public school finance.
- HB 569 by Rep. Giovani Capriglione requires a school district tax bill to include information regarding the recapture amount required to pay the state. For non-recapture districts, the tax bill is to include the percentage of M&O taxes derived from property taxes and from state funds for the current and the preceding tax years.
- SB 328 by Sen. Kel Seliger requires a school district tax bill to include information regarding the recapture amount required to pay the state. For non-recapture districts, the tax bill is to include the percentage of M&O taxes derived from property taxes and from state funds for the current and the preceding tax years.
- SB 343 by Sen. Kirk Watson requires school property tax bill of recapture districts to include the dollar amount used (1) to fund M&O, (2) to pay bonded indebtedness, and (3) to pay other school districts. Non-recapture districts’ tax bills would include the dollar amount used (1) to fund M&O, (2) to pay bonded indebtedness, and (3) received from the state.
A state academic accountability system that evaluates school quality and student performance as fairly and accurately as possible, without penalizing schools for factors outside their control. The accountability system should include multiple measures of student performance and growth, rather than an over-reliance on standardized tests, in order to ensure that students are more fully prepared for college, the workforce, or the military upon graduation.
- SB 96 by Sen. Jose Menendez limits assessments to those required under federal law.
- HB 671 by Rep. Ken King eliminates end of course exams in Algebra I, biology, English I and II and U.S. History and replaces with a secondary-level assessment instrument such as the Texas Success Initiative diagnostic assessment or a nationally recognized, norm-referenced assessment instrument, including the SAT or the ACT.
A state system of public education that provides state funded support for campus-based mental and behavioral health services for students.
- HB 198 by Rep. Thierry permits a school district to apply for a grant to provide mental health services.
- HB 344 by Sen. Kirk Watson prohibits an insurer from rejecting the initial application of a campus-based mental health professional to contract for designation as a preferred provider or otherwise participate in the insurer’s plan based on a determination that the insurer has contracted with sufficient qualified mental health care providers in the applicant's geographic area.
Local Control & Flexibility
Flexibility to allow local school districts to lower tax rates with the authority to return to the previously voter-approved rate without an additional election.
- HB 486 by Rep. Gary VanDeaver
Funding for full-day pre-kindergarten.
- HB 612 by Rep. Shawn Theirry requires full-day Pre-K for those students currently eligible for free half-day Pre-K.
- HB 752 by Rep. Gene Wu requires full-day Pre-K for those students currently eligible for free half-day Pre-K.
- HB 189 by Rep. Ron Reynolds and the companion bill SB 36 by Sen. Judith Zaffirini creates universal Pre-K for all 4-year-olds.
Funding—Leveling the playing field between school districts and open-enrollment charter schools by determining the average allotment for charters based on the average allotment received by school districts in the counties where the charter is located.
- HB 127 by Rep. Mary Gonzalez provides that charters be funded the lesser of the average adjustment for the state or the adjustment for the school district within whose boundaries the charter holder's campus with the greatest enrollment is located
Transparency & Notice—Increased transparency requirements in charter application and amendment requests, including specific locations of proposed new campuses, to provide accurate regional impact on existing traditional public schools and open-enrollment charter schools, as well as sufficient notice and opportunity for analysis and public comment.
- HB 139 by Rep. Mary Gonzalez requires notice of a charter school’s request for an expansion amendment to establish a new campus to be provided not later than 18 months before the date the campus is anticipated to open and include sufficient specificity regarding the proposed location.