Funding: Our schools depend on a reliable stream of funding that can be used to determine hiring and planning for each school year. That is especially true this year, when schools have extra needs to fund for at home learning and the safety of students, teachers, and staff. Funding in Texas is traditionally determined by “average daily attendance” – counting students in classrooms at 10 a.m. each day. Last spring, TEA waived that requirement, not cutting funding beyond the last available attendance data. This fall, TEA will do the same thing for the first 18 weeks (with conditions), then shift to determining funding by attendance. In this extraordinary and challenging time, that model risks the stability of funding for our schools, and it requires teachers to spend hours each week focused on complex systems of documenting attendance. That also leaves our district exposed to mid-year cuts that could have serious impacts on student services, teachers, and schools. We ask for a funding commitment from our state that is based on last year’s attendance numbers. To learn more about this topic, you can visit justfundittexas.org.
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