Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri talks about SBISD and the 86th Texas Legislature.
The Texas Constitution mandates that the Legislature meet biennially -- every two years -- for a 140-day session. Thousands of bills are filed with only a handful making their way through the process to become law. The only bill required to come out of the session is the biennial budget, which includes state funding for public education.
Spring Branch ISD Trustees make frequent trips to the Capitol both before and during a session to share SBISD priorities with key lawmakers and their staffs. Our community is encouraged to stay current and active with area legislators.
Use the hashtag #SBISDTXLEGE to follow Spring Branch ISD and the Legislature on social media.
Here are some excellent resources for following the Texas Legislature. You can watch floor sessions and committee meetings, read and track bills and much more on these websites.
Considered a "property-wealthy" district by the state of Texas, Spring Branch ISD's general fund tax revenue is subject to recapture, commonly known as Robin Hood, as part of the school finance system. Recaptured money goes into the state's general fund where it supplants the state's contribution to public education, allowing the state to spend elsewhere what should be education dollars.
SBISD's recapture has increased by more than 1,600 percent since 2009 and continues to climb. The district this year will send $88 million in recapture to the state while receiving only $22 million -- that's four times as much to the state as SBISD gets in return.