Legislative Updates

  • The State of Texas's 88th Legislative Regular Session will begin Tuesday, January 10, 2023, and Keller ISD will be paying attention to activity in Austin and how it may impact the District and Texas public schools.

    Keller ISD's Board of Trustees have approved a set of Legislative Priorities, with input from KISD's Legislative Priorities Development Committee – a group of KISD parents, teachers, and administrators. 

    The Texas Constitution states that “a general diffusion of knowledge being essential to the preservation of the liberties and rights of the people, it shall be the duty of the Legislature of the State to establish and make suitable provision for the support and maintenance of an efficient system of public free schools.” Keller ISD asks our legislators to prioritize the following issues: 

    RECRUIT AND REWARD EXCELLENT EDUCATORS 
    Keller ISD is recognized for its excellent educators and staff. Teacher compensation has not kept pace with cost of living, and state funding does not provide flexibility for districts to reward or incentivize outstanding teachers. To address these issues, we support:

    • Increasing teacher compensation and benefits.
    • Funding schools based on enrollment instead of average daily attendance (ADA) to better reflect how public schools are staffed and operated.
    • Increasing the basic funding allotment to account for inflation. 


    ENHANCE SCHOOL SECURITY 
    Keller ISD is committed to the safety of every student in the classroom and on their campuses. Current state funding penalizes forward-thinking districts focused on sharpening school security. To address this issue, we support:

    • Allocating funds for new security measures on campuses, including state funding assistance for school resource officers.
    • Reimbursing districts like Keller ISD that proactively complete security enhancement measures before they are required by the state. 


    INCENTIVIZE HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PROGRAMS 
    Keller ISD is a destination because of its educational programming and focus on meeting workforce demands. Additional support is needed to maintain and enhance these programs. To address this issue, we support:

    • Expanding STEM programming by allocating funds for one-time start-up costs.
    • Increasing special education funding to keep pace with growth in students, fill critical positions, and cover costs of diagnostics.
    • Increasing CTE funding and allowing districts flexibility on how to spend funding based on workforce needs.


    ADOPT THE NEXT GENERATION OF STUDENT ASSESSMENT AND SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY 
    STAAR costs taxpayers $90 million a year and teachers and students multiple hours of instructional time. Keller ISD supports school accountability, but we also know we can do better. To address this issue, we support:

    • Allowing for flexibility in summative assessments that may be used to evidence growth and academic success. 


    KEEP INAPPROPRIATE CONTENT OUT OF SCHOOLS 
    Keller ISD is committed to student safety, well-being, and parental involvement in education, but we have more work to do. To address this issue, we support:

    • Legislative efforts to further protect students from age-inappropriate content.
    • Strengthening the rights and responsibilities of parents to participate in the education of their children.


    Click here to download Keller ISD's 88th Legislative Priorities 

     

  • DATES OF INTEREST 

    November 8, 2022
    General election for federal, state, and county officers (Texas Election Code, Section 41.001(a)(3))

    November 14, 2022
    Bill prefiling begins (House Rule 8, Section 7 and Senate Rule 7.04(a))

    January 10, 2023
    88th Legislature convenes at noon (Texas Constitution, Article III, Section 5(a); Texas Government Code, Section 301.001)

    March 10, 2023
    60-day bill filing deadline (Texas Constitution, Article III, Section 5(b))

    May 29, 2023
    Adjournment sine die (Texas Constitution, Article III, Section 24(b))

    June 18, 2023
    Post-session 20-day deadline for Governor to sign or veto (Texas Constitution, Article IV, Section 14)