Updating the 50-cent Debt Test

House Bill 506 by Rep. Eddie Rodriguez will be heard on the House floor on Wednesday, May 6.  Here’s what people should know about this important bill: The Texas public school system adds 85K new students every year. In 1991, there were only 3 million students. Now, there are 5.2 million students. 80% of all…

Majority of Conservative Voters Support More School Facilities

In February of 2015, the Fast Growth School Coalition hired an independent polling company to conduct a statewide survey of all likely voters here in Texas.  The responses of Republicans, Conservatives, and Christian Conservative voters are included in this summary document. Of particular interest are the following statements: 71% of Christian Conservative voters agreed that…

Are school districts financially transparent? (May 2015 elections)

Texas school districts are arguably the most transparent of all local entities, however, some critics accuse districts of withholding information or misleading their local voters. As such, transparency has been a popular topic during the 84th legislative session and legislators have proposed different ideas to make school districts more transparent about their finances. Recently, the…

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…