Waller ISD Board Announces Legislative Priorities
In recent years, Texas public education has been heavily affected by unfunded state mandates and a complex funding formula that does not make sense to most taxpayers. The Waller ISD Board of Trustees and leadership team is taking a stand and actively working for what’s right to educate students and a funding formula that makes sense. During the Nov. 12 regular meeting, the WISD Board of Trustees approved official Legislative Priorities for the 2019 session that will begin in January.
“School districts have been too quiet too long and it’s time we stand up for ourselves,” WISD Superintendent Kevin Moran said. “We want to be able to have open, collaborative conversations with our senators and representatives about how our schools work and what we need in terms of state support. If we don’t talk with them, how will they really know?”
The district’s legislative priorities fall in line with those of the Texas Association of School Administrators and several other area districts including Aldine ISD, Cypress Fairbanks ISD, Klein ISD, Spring ISD, Spring Branch ISD, and Tomball ISD. These districts invited respective elected officials to join them for a Legislative Collaborative Meeting on Nov. 28 hosted by Klein ISD. Districts shared status reports, celebrations, and needs with elected officials and their representatives.
In summary, WISD’s believes in adequate and equitable school funding, local discretion on spending, continuation of the Teacher Retirement System and increased funding for it, opposition to vouchers that would allow taxpayer dollars to be diverted to entities and individuals that are not held to the same accountability system, opposition to the A-F campus and district ratings, and the establishment of a comprehensive accountability system with meaningful assessments that have value for students, parents, and teachers and measures what each community deems important to promoting career and college readiness.
“All public school districts are working hard to prepare students for their future,” WISD Board President David Kaminski said. “We need our senators and representative to understand what we’re doing, why we’re doing it, and realize the impact their decisions make at a state and local level.”
WISD Legislative Priorities Spring 2019 are posted at www.wallerisd.net. The district encourages all stakeholders to be engaged and involved in state-level decisions as they apply not only to public education, but all other aspects of daily life for individuals and families.
The district is working to launch an informational campaign to help its community understand legislative priorities and critical decisions that impact students, staff, and taxpayers.
“We want to do two things,” Moran said, “Have open conversations with our legislators and inform the WISD family about decisions that affect us as a whole.”