Media Statement – FGSC on Bond Elections (General, Statewide Comment)
LOCAL VOTERS SHOW STRONG SUPPORT FOR THEIR PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Voters Step Up Where State Has Not with Votes in Support of Quality Learning Environments for Texas’ Fast Growth School Districts
For Immediate Release
May 9, 2016
Contact: Jennifer Harris
AUSTIN, TEXAS—The following statement on the trends and message delivered in this month’s school district bond elections across the State of Texas should be attributed to Michelle Smith, Executive Director of the Fast Growth School Coalition:
“School districts across the state held bond elections this past weekend and with election returns in and votes being canvassed, voters all across Texas stepped up to show their support for high-quality, learning environments that will help meet the needs of our state’s fastest growing public school districts.
“The vast majority of the bond elections held by school districts this May focused on how local communities can address the influx of students into these fast growth districts with new buildings and renovations to existing, often aging facilities.
“Texas’ fastest growing districts – those in areas where the state has experienced tremendous population growth and business expansion – face significant challenges in meeting the facility and educational needs of the students in their community when state funding for new facilities and maintenance is often very limited or zero.
“It’s heartening to see local voters recognize that to deliver quality education and to maintain the economic growth and quality of life that attracts more businesses and families to our state requires critical infrastructure.
“While we are proud of the passage of these bond elections, we also recognize that local taxpayers are taking on the vast majority of the burden for growth in the state of Texas. We look forward to a robust conversation with Texas lawmakers to address this key issue.
“We need state funding to reflect the realities inherent in a state with such tremendous population growth and to allow for greater flexibility in how local communities manage and meet the demands of being a fast growth district.”
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