Thursday, February 23, 2017

District Pushing School Finance Reform, Accountability at Legislature

As the 85th Texas Legislature approaches the two-month mark of its biennial 140-day session, the SBISD community is actively engaged in keeping its priorities in front of key lawmakers.  SBISD continues to push for reform of the state’s school finance system, which penalizes property-wealthy districts both through recapture and by withholding state funding as property wealth increases. Trustees and community members are active helping legislators understand the significant financial situation in SBISD and the challenges the district will face if nothing is done.

Trustees are also concerned about the state’s A-F rating system for districts and schools. SBISD “wholeheartedly believes in accountability,” says Superintendent Dr. Scott R. Muri, but accountability based not on a single measure but on multiple measures. And as one of the first districts in the state to become a District of Innovation, SBISD is working to protect the opportunities the DoI designation affords.

Media Spotlight: Superintendent's Message (2/2017)

Click here to view this message on our video channel. (SBISD Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Scott Muri, discussing A-F ratings and the work taking place in Austin impacting public education in Texas.)


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