2016-17 LEGISLATIVE INFORMATION AND PRIORITIES

Lawmakers are making important decisions that affect our children’s health, well-being and educational opportunities. Join us and other PTA members across the state as we #backthefuture and advocate for our students! By working together, we can reform legislative policies to improve the quality of our children’s lives.

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Meanwhile you can also find important legislative information and updates at the following links:

For more information, or to get involved, please email the Plano Academy PTSA Legislative Chairperson at legislative[at]PlanoAcademyPTSA.org

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FROM THE ARCHIVES:  2014-15 Legislative Information

4/30/2015 

Plano ISD Legislative - Platforms and Resolutions

At their April 7 meeting, the Plano ISD Board of Trustees adopted a resolution in opposition to vouchers, taxpayer savings grants, tax credits and other mechanisms that reduce public education funding. The school board voted to adopt the resolution to make the school district's position abundantly clear to state legislators.

To see this and other Plano ISD legislative priorities, please visit:  http://www.pisd.edu/news/advocacy/2015_legislative_priorities.shtml

 

 

Trustees formed a legislative sub-committee to develop several priorities. Three of the committee's initiatives were added to the Texas Association of School Boards' legislative advocacy platform to be considered at the state level. The 84th Texas Legislature will convene on January 13, 2015, in Austin.

2014-15 Legislative Priorities 

  • Vouchers
  • Instructional calendar
  • Early childhood and pre-kindergarten education (federal)
  • Terminating Chapter 21 contracts in the event that an employee is convicted of a felony*
  • Funding Issues
    • Including off-campus instruction in the calculation of weighted average daily attendance* 
    • Update the cost of education index*
    • Adjust the equalized wealth level for enrichment taxes above the first 6 cents of enrichment tax effort
    • Increase level 2 enrichment (golden pennies) from 6 pennies to 8 pennies
    • Continue state funding for state mandated increase in district’s contributions to Teacher Retirement System (state)
    • Middle and high school counselor funding allotment to address the need for increased counseling services from HB5
       
      *Plano ISD committee initiatives which were added to the Texas Association of School Boards' legislative platform.

Further details regarding these priorities are forthcoming and will be posted on the district's Advocacy for Plano ISD website.

 

The actions of legislative bodies can have a profound effect on the education and well-being of children, and the Plano Academy PTSA serves as the voice for Plano Academy learners, facilitators, and parents in many legislative endeavors. We can work together to stay informed and educated on local school district and school board policy issues that affect the Plano Academy High School.

 

On a broader note, we also support Plano PTA and Texas PTA efforts to improve health, well-being and educational opportunities for every child. Successful implementation of our legislative positions is characterized by people working together to assure wise legislative decisions through knowledge of the process and an understanding of the issues. –

 

Important Links:

Plano ISD Advocacy Page: http://www.pisd.edu/news/advocacy

Plano PTA Legislative: http://www.planopta.org/legislative

Texas PTA Legislative Page: http://www.txpta.org/legislative

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