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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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…

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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…

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Local Voters Show Strong Support for their Public Schools

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 jharris@jwhcommunication.com (512) 773-7168 AUSTIN, TEXAS—The following…

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Nov 2015 Bond Election Results for Fast Growth Districts

Local voters have once again spoken regarding the need for sufficient school facilities in their communities.  All seven fast growth districts that we’ve been tracking were overwhelmingly successful in yesterday’s bond elections and the preliminary results* are below.  Congrats to all of you and please let us know if your school district should be added…

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FGSC Statement on IGR’s interim charge on local debt transparency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 15, 2015 AUSTIN, TX – On October 12th, 2015, the Senate Committee on Inter-Governmental Relations (“IGR”) established its priorities for the interim following the 84th Texas legislative session.   One of the committee’s charges includes “Debt Transparency in the Voting Booth” which is an ongoing conversation regarding what types of information should…

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Financial Allocation Study of Texas (FAST) and FGSC

The Financial Allocation Study of Texas (FAST) was established in response to House Bill 3 from the 81st legislative session. The bill required the comptroller to “identify school districts and campuses that use resource allocation practices that contribute to high academic achievement and cost-effective operations. In identifying districts and campuses under this section, the comptroller…

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