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Humble ISD District Legislative Committee Meeting

Posted by Texas Education on December 3, 2008

Last night I attended the first of many District Legislative Committee meetings. This is the school districts way of getting information out, informing the general (voting) public, and tax payers alike of the insane current funding of our schools. I was totally amazed at the turn out, though I don’t think I should have been. There were approximately 65 people in attendance. Many with anger in their voices. The good kind of anger! The kind that get people motivated, informed and doing something. Not only were there a lot of people at this meeting, but there were some very bright individuals in attendance. People like former Board member, Lynn Fields, Chamber President Mike Byers, many business leaders, PTA/PTO members, principals, teachers and our deceased HISD Board President Jim Eggers’ wife. Dr. Sconzo recognized Mrs. Eggers and reminded all of the dedication of the ISC building at 4810 Magnolia Cove Drive in Kingwood on December 10, 2008 at 3:30 p.m. I’m sorry I must have gotten the date wrong at the meeting, the website says Humble ISD will dedicate the James D. Eggers Instructional Support Center during a special ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at 4810 Magnolia Cove Drive in Kingwood. The community is invited. 

Board members Dan Huberty, Charles Cunningham and Dr. Bonnie Longnion will be heading up this monumental adventure. Our plans are to make and effect plans to involve our community in informing our state elected officials of our needs and to propose needed solutions to the State Legislature for resolving the sate public education funding crisis. Dr. Sconzo and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Cecilia Hawkins developed the following state legislative goals which are being recommended to the full Board for adoption:

  • Increase WADA target revenue to close the significant and inequitable gap that exists among school districts and build in an annual revenue inflation factor.
  • Increase the transportation allotment and provide a realistic inflation factor for needed revenue growth to meet annual inflationary cost increases.
  • As fast growth school districts necessarily serve more students every year, allow for those districts to realize local property tax revenue growth without an equivalent reduction in state aid.
  • Increase the guaranteed yield for Existing Debt Allotment funding and establish this funding as a permanent form of state aid for fast growth school districts.
  • Block any proposed legislation that is an unfunded state mandate.

It is not too late to join our adventure. Our next meeting will be Thursday, January 15, 2009. You can email legislature@humble.k12.tx.us.


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