From the Chair
As Chair of the Fast Growth School Coalition and Superintendent of Keller Independent School District, thank you for your interest in the Fast Growth School Coalition, which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2016-2017.
About half a million people move to Texas every year. That’s more than 1,000 people each day. With so much population growth, the state also sees an average of 75,000 new students in its public schools each year. Roughly, 80% of those new students are spread among just 75 of the state’s more than 1,200 public school districts statewide.
Those districts, seeing the greatest influx of students each year, our fast growth schools. Fast growth schools or destination districts tend to be located in areas of the state with rapid economic growth, business expansion and significant increases in population.
Our member districts have very unique and specific needs related to building new facilities, hiring new staff and managing increased academic resource costs. Yet, a majority of these fast growth districts receive no facilities funding from the state to help keep pace with the schools needed to house and educate these Texas public school students.
For 20 years, the Fast Growth School Coalition has been on the front lines advocating for smart-minded solutions to the school facilities and funding challenges Texas’ fastest growing districts face.
An investment in these public schools is an investment in the economic prosperity of Texas, and it will take collaboration and a commitment of resources at the state and local level to to ensure we can keep pace with the increasing population and demands for high-quality public education.
Whether you represent a fast growth school, are a business that values investment in our public education system or are a concerned parent or taxpayer, we invite you to learn more and lend your support to our Fast Growth School Coalition.
Randy Reid, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools, Keller Independent School District
Chair, Fast Growth School Coalition