Do's and Don'ts: Discussing the AISD Bond Election
In February, the Board of Trustees adopted an order calling for a bond election for May 11, 2013. Austin voters will be asked whether or not to authorize the school district to issue up to $892.2 million in bonds.
State law prevents school districts from using public funds or resources to advocate for or against a bond. It also impacts what district employees can say in regards to the bond. Below are a few helpful tips on what employees can and can't say about the bond.
As an employee you can:
- Provide factual information in English and Spanish about the bond
- Provide factual information about proposed projects and costs associated with the projects
- Provide information on voting times and locations
- Provide factual information on student growth, performance data, tax rate impact and age/condition of facilities under consideration
- Use district funds or resources to advocate any outcome of the bond.
- Allow another party to distribute flyers, or any other materials advocating for or against the bond, during an AISD sponsored event.
Contact AISD's legal office at 414-2412, or the Department of Public Relations and Multicultural Outreach at 414-2414, for additional information.
The district has launched a comprehensive website with school-by-school information about the bond. A new hotline also is available to provide information about the different propositions. Just call 414-BOND.