May 2015 School Bond Election Results

Seventy-nine Texas school districts held a bond election on Saturday, May 9th, 2015. Sixty-two of the 79 school bond elections passed for a total of $3,215,487,383. The total amount proposed from these bond elections was $4,495,602,383. There were eight fast growth districts that held bond elections, seven of which passed. These were: Comal ISD passed…

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FGSC in the Dallas Morning News

The Dallas Morning News posted a well-written article today regarding the challenges facing fast growth school districts.  It’s worth a read to better understand the 50-cent debt test and capital appreciation bonds.  The question we have for the Texas Legislature is this:  85,000 new students are enrolling in Texas schools every year.  Will the state…

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Updating the 50-cent Debt Test

House Bill 506 by Rep. Eddie Rodriguez will be heard on the House floor on Wednesday, May 6.  Here’s what people should know about this important bill: The Texas public school system adds 85K new students every year. In 1991, there were only 3 million students. Now, there are 5.2 million students. 80% of all…

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Majority of Conservative Voters Support More School Facilities

In February of 2015, the Fast Growth School Coalition hired an independent polling company to conduct a statewide survey of all likely voters here in Texas.  The responses of Republicans, Conservatives, and Christian Conservative voters are included in this summary document. Of particular interest are the following statements: 71% of Christian Conservative voters agreed that…

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New polling information from FGSC

We received some great polling information at today’s FGSC 2015 Conference.  You can find the pdf of the presentation here.  The initial summary and conclusions are as follows: Outside of illegal immigration (33%), likely voters in Texas name education (24%) as their top issue concern. They view the most serious problems in education as “The…

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Destination Districts

Overwhelmingly, fast growth districts are the places people think of first when they decide to move to (or within) Texas. As such, we have begun to refer to ourselves as “Destination Districts” and this sends a very powerful message to our state leadership as they begin to set priorities for the next legislative session. The…

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Let’s invest in Texas’ fast-growing schools

By Michelle Smith, Sept. 7, 2014, www.TribTalk.org We hear a lot about local debt in Texas. What we don’t hear are the reasons fast-growing school districts are being asked to shoulder the burden of it in the face of inadequate state funding. Due in large part to our state’s pro-business economic climate, Texas welcomes on…

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