The Brazosport Independent School District Board of Trustees announced their advocacy priorities for the 85th State Legislative Session during their regular meeting held January 17, 2017.
Focusing on an adequate, equitable, and sustainable school finance system that provides for the education of the whole child, the district opposes any form of diverting public tax dollars to any system of private education, whether it is in the form of tax credit scholarships, education savings accounts, entitlements or vouchers.
"The use of public/taxpayer funds by any non-public school should not be allowed, unless the recipient is held to the same accountability system, the same laws, mandates and requirements as all Texas public schools are required to follow,” stated Board President Mason Howard. “And charter schools should also be under the same laws and accountability standards as traditional public schools, if they are to continue to receive tax dollars.”
The Board’s legislative agenda again reaffirmed that they oppose the state’s A–F accountability system and unanimously supports 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 that each community deems important in promoting college and career readiness.
During this legislative session, Brazosport ISD Board Members also encourage state lawmakers to:
- Continue and further grow Individual Graduation Committees with authority to allow students to graduate when the students have successfully completed all required curriculum requirements but have failed no more than two End of Course (EOC) exams.
- Protect and continue the current defined benefit pension for public school employees and increase state funding to offset rising healthcare costs associated with the state programs of TRSActiveCare and TRSCare.
- Support the continuation, evaluation, and expansion of Districts of Innovation to empower districts to innovate in ways that make sense to meet their unique community needs.