Trustees discuss LISD’s legislative priorities, review new course proposals


It is important that those representing our community in state government understand the challenges and opportunities of public school. With that in mind, a trio of LISD trustees (Vice President Grace Barber-Jordan, M.Ed., Secretary Trish Bode and Pamela Waggoner) led the Board’s Legislative Committee in creating the 2019 Leander ISD Legislative Priorities, which outlines the key legislative agenda for the district in the upcoming 86th Texas Legislative Session.

Leander ISD seeks a partnership with our Texas legislators to focus on supporting all students, to advocate against unfunded mandates and to empower communities and taxpayers through local control.

“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 adopted 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.

In other news, with a particular nod to IB programs, LISD administration recommended that the Board approve new courses in Latin, mathematics and  parenting courses for school-age parents.

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.

We look forward to working with our legislators and our community in continuing to create meaningful educational experiences that help unlock the potential in each and every child.