New polling information from FGSC

We received some great polling information at today’s FGSC 2015 Conference.  You can find the pdf of the presentation here.  The initial summary and conclusions are as follows: Outside of illegal immigration (33%), likely voters in Texas name education (24%) as their top issue concern. They view the most serious problems in education as “The…

Destination Districts

Overwhelmingly, fast growth districts are the places people think of first when they decide to move to (or within) Texas. As such, we have begun to refer to ourselves as “Destination Districts” and this sends a very powerful message to our state leadership as they begin to set priorities for the next legislative session. The…

Let’s invest in Texas’ fast-growing schools

By Michelle Smith, Sept. 7, 2014, www.TribTalk.org We hear a lot about local debt in Texas. What we don’t hear are the reasons fast-growing school districts are being asked to shoulder the burden of it in the face of inadequate state funding. Due in large part to our state’s pro-business economic climate, Texas welcomes on…

Local Debt Climbs as Texas Cities Deal With Growth

by Aman Batheja, The Texas Tribune Aug. 27, 2014 Eight years ago, officials with the city of Jarrell decided their small community north of Austin needed a new wastewater system. They expected an influx of new residents and businesses to support some debt to pay for the project. “That was about the time the market…

Quorum Report Article on Fast Growth Report

May 13, 2014      4:43 PM Fast-growth school leaders say Combs isn’t telling the whole story on transparency Combs says she’s promoting accurate information for voters; School districts argue she is over-simplifying School district leaders in some of the most rapidly growing parts of Texas say the efforts of outgoing Texas Comptroller Susan Combs to…

State Policy Makers are Relying on Local Taxpayers to Fund Facilities

*Special thanks to our friends at TASBO for allowing us to repost their helpful information about facilities costs and the state’s deferment of responsibility to the local taxpayers. This article presents insights on state policy makers’ apparent expectations of greater support from local taxpayers in passing local bond referendums to fund additional instructional campuses.  As…

FGSC Releases Report on School Facilities Costs

Fast Growth School Coalition Releases Report on School Facilities Costs AUSTIN, May 7, 2014 – The Fast Growth School Coalition released a school facilities report entitled, “Texas Schools Aren’t Average” which is in response to information that has been disseminated by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.  While the Comptroller’s information averages the cost and…

FGSC testifies at Senate IGR Committee hearing

Members of the Fast Growth School Coalition participated in invited testimony for a Senate Intergovernmental Relations Committee interim hearing on April 17, 2014.  Speakers included Mike Ball, CFO for Rockwall ISD and James Schiele, CFO for Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD.  Our testimony is posted below.

FGSC 4.17.14 packet