The weather is warming up, bluebonnets are in full bloom and the Legislature is more than halfway through its biennial session. It must be springtime in Texas.
The House budget bill and Senate amendments are on their way to a conference committee to iron out differences between House and Senate versions. Both budgets include expenditures of nearly $250 billion over the next biennium and include property tax relief and additional funding for public education, although there are differences in how that will be look.
The good news is that both chambers have pledged $9 billion in new funding for public education, although there is still discussion on how to spend that new money. Current projections are favorable for Spring Branch ISD and we’re cautiously optimistic that the bill’s final version will be favorable as well. See what’s good for SBISD here.
You’ve likely seen the news reports about flaws with certain STAAR exams. Several bills have been filed that would re-evaluate STAAR – State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness – and would drop penalties around the STAAR for the 2018-19 school year. The bills were left pending in the House Public Education Committee after testimony earlier this week.
Please know that we will continue to engage with legislators on these and other issues of importance to SBISD. While good things are happening for Spring Branch and public education in Texas, we’re not yet across the finish line. Legislative activity typically increases in tempo as a session draws near its constitutional conclusion. We can’t let up now.
Thank you again for your engagement and for staying informed on the issues. Your support is invaluable.
Scott R. Muri, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools