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…


NIFA – Senate Budget Comparison

Under the current proposal for funding in the Texas Senate, fast growth school districts would see their New Instructional Facilities Allotment (NIFA) slashed. Here’s a look at a sampling of the fast growth districts’ NIFA funding for the current biennium and as proposed for 2018-2019.


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…


Report: Investing in a Better Texas

A recent report on school facilities debt, Investing in a Better Texas, seeks to educate voters on the various types of school debt and why it’s important to invest in our youngest Texans.  We hope you’ll take a look and we welcome your feedback.  Click here for the full report.

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…


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…


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…


Press Release: Distinguished School Administrator Joins FGSC Leadership

DISTINGUISHED TEXAS SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR JOINS FAST GROWTH SCHOOL COALITION LEADERSHIP Outgoing Executive Director Takes on Full-Time Advocacy Role AUSTIN, TEXAS—A statewide advocacy group of Texas’ fastest growing school districts announced former Humble ISD Superintendent Dr. Guy Sconzo will join the Fast Growth School Coalition (FGSC) as its new Executive Director, effective September 1, 2016. “With…


Press Release: FGSC Statement on Supreme Court Ruling

TEXAS SUPREME COURT’S RULING ON STATE’S SCHOOL FINANCE SYSTEM UNDERSCORES NEED FOR ACTION TO ADDRESS LOCAL PROPERTY TAXPAYERS, SCHOOL FACILITIES State’s Fast Growth Schools Continue to Receive Little to No State Support for Facilities For Immediate Release                                                                                                     Contact: Jennifer…