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.
Reform School Finance to provide for an adequate and equitable public school finance system.
- 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.
- House Bill (HB) 94 by Rep. Harold Dutton would increase the basic allotment to $5,800 in general law.
- House Joint Resolution (HJR) 27 by Rep. Donna Howard would require the state to pay at least 50 percent of public education.
- Senate Bill (SB) 192 by Sen. Sylvia Garcia would require the Texas Education Agency to conduct a comprehensive review of allotments and weights.
- SB 290 by Sen. Watson would require that the basic allotment and general yield not decrease below appropriations for the previous biennium.
- SB 356 by Sen. Watson would increase the guaranteed yield for funds exceeding the compressed rate.
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.
- SB 358 by Sen. Kirk Watson and companions HB 1673 by Rep. Gina Hinojosa and HB 1037 by Giovanni Capriglione, and SB 647 by Sen. Kel Seliger would provide districts subject to recapture with a credit for transportation allotment.
- 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.
- 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.
- HB 186 by Rep. Diego Bernal and companion bill SB 423 by Sen. José Rodríguez would require TEA to study the cost of educating students who are educationally disadvantaged (at-risk) or of limited English proficiency.
Improve funding for English Language Learners by increasing the current funding weight for bilingual students.
- HB 177 by Rep. Eddie Lucio and companion bill SB 161 by Sen. Rodríguez would raise the bilingual education allotment weight from 0.10 to 0.25. HB 193 by Rep. Mary Gonzalez would raise the bilingual education allotment weight to 0.20.
- HB 175 by Rep. Lucio would require TEA to conduct a study of the cost of educating English language learners. HB 186 by Rep. Bernal and companion bill SB 423 by Sen. Rodríguez would require TEA to conduct a study of the cost of educating at-risk students and English language learners.
Increase Career and Technical Education weight.
- HB 883 by Rep. Ken King would increase the CTE weight from 1.35 to 1.60.
- 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.
- HB 488 by Rep. Gonzalez would raise the compensatory education allotment from 0.20 to 0.40.
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.
- HB 3661 and HB 3672, both by Rep. Hinojosa, would give AISD consideration in the calculation of recapture for the district's contributions to the social security system.
Oppose unfunded mandates.
- 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.
- 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.
- HJR 24 by Rep. Richard Raymond would prohibit vouchers.
- SB 3 by Sen. Larry Taylor and HB 1335 by Rep. Ron Simmons would allow for the establishment of educational savings accounts and tax credits that divert public funds to private schools.
- SB 542 by Sen. Paul Bettencourt and companion HB 1184 by Rep. Dwayne Bohac would allow for a tax credit scholarship program that diverts funds from public schools to private schools.
- SB 1889 by Sen. Bettencourt and companion HB 4031 by Rep. Dwayne Bohac would create a tax credit scholarship/voucher program through credits against taxes on insurance premiums and alchoholic beverages.
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.
- HB 390 by Rep. Howard and HB 486 by Rep. Gary VanDeaver would allow districts to raise tax rates to the highest Maintenance & Operations (M&O) rate adopted since 2007.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- HB 710 by Rep. Gene Wu would provide for full day Pre-K.
- HB 196 by Rep. Gonzalez, HB 1858 by Rep. Ron Reynolds and SB 35 by Sen. Judith Zaffirini would create a universal free full-day pre-K program for four year-old students.
- HB 357 by Rep. Dan Huberty would expand the existing pre-K program to include children of seriously injured or killed in the line of duty peace officers, firefighters, and emergency service workers.
Other Legislation of Interest
- SB 193 by Sen. Garcia would create a community schools program in state law.
- HB 77 by Rep. Will Metcalf and SB 531 by Sen. Lucio would allow the continued use of graduation committees for certain students.
- HB 1237 by Rep. Lucio and companion SB 22 by Sen. Larry Taylor would establish a Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program in state law.
- HB 515 by Rep. VanDeaver would reduce testing to no more than required by federal law.
- HB 2683 by Rep. Hinojosa would exempt public school buses from having to pay tolls on tollways, thus reducing district expenditures.