Legislation 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 track legislation, read bill analyses and watch 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. 

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Supports

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

Supports

Relates

Increase Career and Technical Education weight.

Supports

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.

(Pending filed and analyzed legislation)

Fully fund endorsement strands in House Bill 5 from the 83rd Legislative Session.

(Pending filed and analyzed legislation)

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.

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  • HB 1890 by Rep Capriglione increases Taxparency by providing information to taxpayers on how their school property tax payment is allocated between the school district and the state.

Oppose diversion of state funds from public schools.

Supports

Concerns

Local Control and Accountability

Support locally elected school boards and stop infringements on local control.

(Pending filed and analyzed legislation)

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.  

 (Pending filed and analyzed legislation)

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.

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Other Legislation of Interest