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

 

TEA presentation on Capital Appreciation Bonds

On Thursday, September 19, 2013, the State Board of Education Committee on School Finance/Permanent School Fund met to discuss (among other things) capital appreciation bonds.  TEA staff gave a helpful overview regarding school district bond debt which can be found here: TPSF Bond Guarantee_final for SBOE_09_19_2013. Several Leander ISD representatives were in attendance including Leander…

2014 Legislative Conference

The 2014 FGSC Legislative Conference will be held on April 10-11 in San Antonio.  Location TBD.  We like to keep our gatherings short, sweet, and to the point.  The general schedule in the past has been: Day 1: 6:00 pm    Reception 7:00 pm    Dinner and Meeting Day 2: 7:30 am    Coffee 8:00 am    Breakfast and…