The Humble ISD Board of Trustees approved a resolution to adopt priorities for the 85th Texas Legislative Session during the School Board Meeting on Feb. 14.
These priorities define how we will work to affect best outcomes for our children. Resolution regarding School Board priorities for the 85th Legislative Session.
Humble ISD Legislative Priorities:
I. School Funding
- Support adequate and equitable funding and oppose any cuts to the Foundation School Program (FSP).
- Support an updated and adequately funded formula-based school finance system, which takes into account student and district characteristics when determining appropriate levels of funding to meet state and local standards.
- Support increased funding for programs such as, pre-K grant programs, reading and math academics, compensatory education, and Communities in Schools.
- Support additional funding for the Student Success Initiative (SSI) in grades 3-8 for all grades and subjects that require remediation. Advocate for local flexibility in how districts can utilize SSI fund.
- Oppose any carve outs for special programs within SSI.
- Support increased funding for the Instructional Materials Allotment (IMA) to ensure districts can provide adequate technology and instructional materials to meet increased standards for students.
- Support additional funding for the Instructional Facilities Allotment (IFA), Existing Debt Allotment (EDA), and the New Instructional Facilities Allotment (NIFA).
- Support full funding of pre-K for all students who meet state eligibility requirements.
- Oppose additional funding for charter school facilities unless adequate funding is provided to traditional public schools.
- Support providing local flexibility for allocating number of minutes of instruction.
- Support providing local flexibility for school districts to develop their own curriculums.
III. Vouchers, Taxpayer Savings Grants, Virtual Vouchers
- Oppose any state voucher plans, or any program that diverts public tax dollars to private, entities, homeschool students, or parents with little or no academic or financial accountability to the state, taxpayers, or local communities.
IV. Assessment & Accountability
- Oppose A-F campus and district ratings as it creates a false impression about students, ignores the unique strengths of each school and unfairly reduces each student’s worth to the school’s assigned grade.
- Support the establishment of a comprehensive accountability system that looks beyond high-stakes, multiple-choice exams to meaningful assessments that have value for students, parents, and teachers, as well as measures what each community deems important in promoting college and career readiness.
V. Election Dates
- Support providing local flexibility for school districts to choose election dates.