Fort Bend ISD, Lamar Consolidated ISD and Stafford Municipal School District present the attached legislative agenda with six priorities to keep the Texas Public School System strong. We recognize that additional funding for education is limited in this biennium, and we ask that you will read and agree to support our six legislative priorities, as well as to provide us with your influence as we move forward during the upcoming legislative session to Keep Public Schools in Fort Bend County Strong.
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Restore the State revenue system for public education with sustainable resources without regard to short-term economic trends.
Priority Two Provide a simpler, more equitable school finance system
that links state standards with adequate funding that is adjusted to accurately reflect variations in district costs and student needs.
Priority Three Re-examine the public school accountability system
in Texas to support continuous improvement in teaching and learning while lessening the excessive burdens associated with state testing.
Support a renewed focus on the importance of career and technical education
that includes flexibility for substituting career and technical education courses for core course credits.
Priority Five Protect The Texas Teacher Retirement System (TRS)
and its defined benefit structure.
Priority Six Oppose vouchers, tax payer savings grants, tax credits, tuition reimbursements, and any other program that diverts tax dollars to privately run schools
, which are exempt from state and federal accountability requirements.