Fastest Growing School Districts Contribute $70.5 Billion in Total Economic Output

New Economic Impact Study Examines Contribution of State’s Fastest Growing School Districts to the “Texas Miracle” Download the full FGSC Economic Impact Study. Fort Worth, Texas (Feb. 27, 2018)–According to a new economic impact study from the Fast Growth School Coalition (FGSC), Texas’ fastest growing school districts contribute $70.5 billion in increased economic activity, making…

Statement by FGSC on Gov. Greg Abbott’s Proposed Property Tax Relief Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jennifer Harris Jan. 16, 2018 jharris@jwhcommunications.com 512-773-7168   Statement by Fast Growth School Coalition on Gov. Greg Abbott’s Proposed Property Tax Relief Plan  AUSTIN, TEXAS–The following statement on Gov. Greg Abbott’s just-released property tax relief blueprint should be attributed to Dr. Guy Sconzo, Executive Director, Fast Growth School Coalition (FGSC): “While…

Texas Legislature Fails to Fairly Fund Fast Growth Schools

Local Taxpayers Will Continue to Shoulder Burden Under Amended HB 21 The following statement on House Bill 21, the school finance bill, should be attributed to Dr. Guy Sconzo, Executive Director, Fast Growth School Coalition (FGSC): “While we appreciate the Senate’s willingness to assist rapidly growing school districts, the fact remains that the $60 million…

It’s Time To Reform School Finance for Meaningful Relief

If Texas lawmakers are serious about providing real property tax relief to Texans, then they must reform school finance. But, here’s a new spin on that age-old broken record and one that we hope lawmakers and voters will consider. Fast-growth public school districts — those public schools that welcome 80 percent of the state’s new…

FGSC Testimony on HB 21 (Special Session)

Dr. Guy Sconzo, Executive Director of Fast Growth School Coalition, submitted the following testimony to the Texas House Public Education Committee on House Bill 21 – Special Session (July 24, 2017): Issue: Property tax relief for rapidly growing communities Greetings, Chairman Huberty and members of the committee.  My name is Dr. Guy Sconzo and I…

Statement from FGSC on Public Education and Special Session

AUSTIN, TEXAS (July 17, 2017)—The following statement should be attributed to Dr. Jamie Wilson, President of Fast Growth School Coalition regarding the public school education rally and the upcoming Special Session of the Texas Legislature: “Now, more than ever is the time for our state leaders to thoughtfully and thoroughly address school finance in Texas.…

FGSC Applauds Increase in Facilities Funding

Passage of HB 1081 Marks First-Ever Increase in New Instructional Facilities Allotment AUSTIN, TEXAS (May 24, 2017)–Fast Growth School Coalition (FGSC) applauds the Texas Legislature on the passage of House Bill 1081 that provides for an increase to the New Instructional Facilities Allotment (NIFA) that helps public school districts keep pace with the demand for…

FGSC on Lt. Governor’s Voucher, School Funding Threat

The following statement should be attributed to Dr. Guy Sconzo, Executive Director of Fast Growth School Coalition regarding the Lt. Governor’s statements that public school facilities funding is contingent upon passage of school voucher legislation: “It is unfortunate that our Lieutenant Governor is holding public school facilities funding and school finance reform hostage in exchange…