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The Texas Legislature decides many issues that affect public education, including funding, curriculum, graduation requirements, standardized testing, accountability, and much, much more. Mesquite ISD hopes you will stay informed about proposed legislation that will affect your children as well as all children attending public school in Texas.

Our legislators must hear your opinions and concerns as they make these critical decisions. Please take time to contact them personally on any issues affecting public education or Mesquite ISD specifically. If you have questions about pending legislation, school funding, or any other topics, you are welcome to contact Mesquite ISD by email or by calling the main number at 972-288-6411. Someone will be happy to assist you.

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Mesquite ISD's 2001 Legislative Priorities

Support legislation to facilitate effective and efficient operations for public education

  • Maintain funding levels guaranteed by HB3 without offsets for federal stimulus receipts.
  • Support the ability of taxing entities to belong to organizations and to have representative voices in the legislative process.
  • Oppose the transfer of public funds to private entities through vouchers or voucher schemes (e.g. education savings accounts, tuition tax credits, etc).
  • Allow local control of tax rate and meaningful discretion of local tax dollars (Raise compression from 2.5% to 4% or higher).
  • Establish parameters for the growth of charter schools that include reporting requirements to allow local community schools the ability to properly plan for enrollment fluctuations (Moratorium on new charters and expansion amendments for 2021-2022 biennium).
  • Support any mechanism that requires any entity receiving state aid for education to be held accountable for the use of that money.
  • Continue to advocate for additional funding for increases in the Existing Debt Allotment (EDA), the Instructional Facilities Allotment (IFA), and the New Instructional Facilities Allotment (NIFA) so that districts can adequately fund new building projects for growth.
  • Advocate for increased funding, or targeted programs, for CTE programs and certifications in order to enhance workforce pathways for students.
  • Establish parameters for the growth of charter schools that include reporting requirements to allow local community schools the ability to properly plan for enrollment fluctuations (Moratorium on new charters and expansion amendments for 2021-2022 biennium).
  • Support any mechanism that requires any entity receiving state aid for education to be held accountable for the use of that money.
  • Continue to advocate for additional funding for increases in the Existing Debt Allotment (EDA), the Instructional Facilities Allotment (IFA), and the New Instructional Facilities Allotment (NIFA) so that districts can adequately fund new building projects for growth.
  • Advocate for increased funding, or targeted programs, for CTE programs and certifications in order to enhance workforce pathways for students.

Support effective and equitable state accountability systems (COVID Response)

  • Suspend the A-F reporting system for 2021-2022 biennium.
  • Suspend STAAR accountability for 2021-2022 school year.
  • Support a state academic accountability system that engages both state and local measure to more accurately assess the effectiveness of a school or district.
  • Ensure state assessments are appropriate in length, frequency, and content.

Support effective and efficient state approaches to virtual learning

  • Provide local school districts flexibility in the development and operation of online and virtual learning systems.
  • Oppose funding that is tied to virtual learning performance measures.
  • Provide local school districts flexibility related to progress monitoring.
  • Allow districts to provide virtual learning for resident students only.

Support legislation to address Teacher Retirement System (TRS) needs

  • Advocate for a more transparent program by including district representation in the negotiation phases for health care.
  • Advocate for an opt-out process for districts that can prove that they can provide a better insurance plan for their employees.
  • Advocate loosening restrictions on allowable hours to work in a school district for certain retirees (e.g. bus drivers).

Support legislation to address economic development opportunities involving public school districts

  • Support the reauthorization of Chapter 313 agreements.
  • Support the passage of a Rural-Suburban Economic Development Initiative that allows for a greater opportunity for value-limitation agreements for certain districts (e.g. reductions in wage targets, sizeable taxable property values, and minimum qualified investments).