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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State Policy Group Keeps Dealing Debt Disinformation

AUSTIN, TEXAS (Dec. 8, 2016) –The following statement setting the record straight on the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s (TPPF) recent claims about school districts and public debt should be attributed to Dr. Guy Sconzo, Executive Director of the Fast Growth School Coalition: “While the Texas Public Policy Foundation is fond of recycling their data and…

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Press Release: Further Reductions in State Support Means Local Taxpayers Will Shoulder Burden

FURTHER REDUCTIONS IN STATE SUPPORT FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL FACILITIES FUNDING MEANS LOCAL TAXPAYERS WILL SHOULDER INCREASED TAX BURDEN Estimates Show a 22 Percent Decrease in State Funding Support for Public School Facilities Alone AUSTIN, TEXAS (Sept. 28, 2016)—The following statement regarding this week’s Texas House Public Education/House Appropriations Interim Committee Hearing should be attributed to…

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Press Release: Setting the Record Straight on Facilities

SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON FACILITIES Senate IGR Hearing Highlighted Incorrect Information on Alvin ISD AUSTIN, TEXAS (Aug. 19, 2016)—The following statement may be attributed to Dr. Michelle Smith, Executive Director of the Fast Growth School Coalition: “During Monday’s Senate Intergovernmental Relations Committee hearing, a witness inaccurately cited an Alvin ISD junior high school cost…

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Press Release: Texas School Districts Provide Extensive Public Information, Transparency in Bond Elections

FAST GROWTH SCHOOL DISTRICTS: TEXAS DISTRICTS PROVIDE EXTENSIVE PUBLIC INFORMATION, TRANSPARENCY IN BOND ELECTIONS   AUSTIN, TEXAS (Aug. 17, 2016)—The following statement on the August 15, 2016 Senate Intergovernmental Relations Committee hearing may be attributed to Dr. Michelle Smith, Executive Director of the Fast Growth School Coalition. “The Fast Growth School Coalition and our members…

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