The Texas State Legislature meets every two years and each time they meet the impact on Texas public schools is significant. During this session, which starts January 10 and extends through May 29, our representatives will grapple with school funding, school vouchers and an accountability rating system. We will keep you updated on this website as the session progresses and hope you will take an opportunity to contact our legislators during this session.
At the Board of Trustees meeting on January 17, the RISD board unanimously approved the following legislative priorities:
- Accountability: A-F District and School Rating System
Rockwall ISD supports the repeal of the A-F grading/labeling system which heavily relies on one high-stakes test (STAAR). RISD supports the development of an accountability system that empowers school districts to design comprehensive assessments that meet general state standards while allowing districts to innovate and customize curriculum and instruction to meet the needs and interests of each student and their communities.
- Finance: Public School Funding
Rockwall ISD supports an improved and adequate public school funding system thatconsiders student needs, district characteristics, all unfunded mandates, and adjusts for inflationary costs when determining appropriate levels of funding to meet state and local standards.
- Finance: Vouchers, Taxpayers Savings Grants, Education Savings Accounts
Rockwall ISD does not support any state voucher plan, tax credits, taxpayersavings grants, tuition reimbursements, or any program that diverts public tax dollars to private school entities with little or no academic or financial accountability to the state, taxpayers, or local communities.