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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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Senate Prioritizes Charter Schools Over Taxpayers

Senate’s Passage of SB 457 Provides Charter Facilities Funding and Little Relief for Local Taxpayers AUSTIN, TEXAS—The following statement on the Senate’s passage of SB 457 (facility funding for charter schools) should be attributed to Dr. Guy Sconzo, Executive Director of the Fast Growth School Coalition: “With the passage of SB 457, the Texas Senate…

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Statement on Senate Education’s 7-3 Vote to Approve SB 3

AUSTIN, TEXAS—The following statement on the Senate Education Committee’s approval of school vouchers (SB 3) should be attributed to Dr. Guy Sconzo, executive director of the Fast Growth School Coalition: “Voucher supporters speak of a ‘deadly cocktail’ of local debt and overcrowding as a justification for school vouchers (SB 3), but they fail to mention…

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Senate Budget Shortchanges Public Schools

FGSC Calls on Senate to Address Funding for Public Schools, Charter Facilities AUSTIN, TEXAS (March 15, 2017)—The following statement on the Senate’s budget proposal for Texas public schools should be attributed to Dr. Guy Sconzo, Executive Director of the Fast Growth School Coalition: “The Texas Senate is shortchanging Texas public schools and charter schools with…

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