The Leander ISD’s board of trustees voted 6-0 on a set of legislative priorities spanning the categories of district safety, education and finance on Nov. 8.
The district’s legislative agenda was created by the board of trustees’ legislative committee, and will guide district administration in creating legislation, supporting bills that come forward and testifying on behalf of those bills, Superintendent Dan Troxell said.
“There’s going to be a time when one of our major efforts will be simply to have the Legislature do no harm,” Troxell said.
According the Legislative Reference Library of Texas, the 86th Legislative Session is set to begin Jan. 8.
The district’s priorities discussed included topics such as student data privacy, special education, facilities and improvements, accountability, mental health, dual credit and career, tech education, teacher retirement system (TRS) and teacher health care, local control for election and funding.
The Board’s Legislative Committee was led by Vice President Grace Barber-Jordan, M.Ed., Secretary Trish Bode and Pamela Waggoner.
According to district documents, through these legislative priorities, “Leander ISD seeks partnership with Texas legislators to focus on supporting all students, to advocate against unfunded mandates and to empower communities and taxpayers through local control.”
Administration will begin creating a communication plan for sharing the Legislative Priorities, as well as additional resources to include impact statements for LISD and draft legislative language.
“It is well-documented that local taxpayers are shouldering a greater and greater share of our school funding, and that’s wrong,” Barber-Jordan said. “We support a recalibration of the state funding mechanism and keeping all public education dollars, including recaptured funds, allocated for public school students.”
The Board voted to adopt the legislative priorities at its Nov. 8 meeting, and now the administration will begin creating a communication plan to share the items for our legislative delegation to consider. The district will also identify additional resources, including impact statements for LISD, and draft legislative language for specific priorities.
LISD administration also recommended that the Board approve the following new courses as options for students:
Latin V IB (Higher Level)
IB Mathematics: Applications & Interpretations
IB Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches
An American Experience
Parenting Education for School Age Parents I-II
If approved by the Board at its Nov. 29 meeting, these courses will be included as options in the LISD Course Catalog for the next school year. Student interest will determine if the course is included in the campus master schedules.