GETTING TO KNOW YOUR STATE LEGISLATURE:
January kicked off the 86th Texas Legislative Session! As always, education is a much debated topic throughout the session.
Did you know that HISD has a legislative center webpage that is full of great information about the session agenda, who’s who in our legislature, and how YOU can stay engaged? Check it out: https://www.houstonisd.org/legislativecenter
Here are the legislators that specifically represent the area where FBMS resides:
Senator District 15- John Whitmire
Representative District 139- Jarvis Johnson
Representative District 148 - Jessica Cristina Farrar
State Board of Education District 4 member Mr. Lawrence A. Allen, Jr.
As one of the largest school districts in the state, HISD actively prepares to participate in state legislative discussions. Did you know that HISD even has a plan/ agenda for the 86th state legislature? Do you know what YOUR school district is advocating for? Check it out: https://www.houstonisd.org/cms/lib2/TX01001591/Centricity/Domain/15302/HISD%20Legislative%20Agenda%20-%202019%20-%20Approved%2011.08.18.pdf
OTHER STATE LEGISLATIVE NEWS:
New Speaker of the House speaks out that public school finance is a top priority this year: https://www.texastribune.org/2019/01/18/dennis-bonnen-offers-few-specifics-school-finance-plans/
Potential shake up of school finance and standardized testing: https://www.texastribune.org/2019/01/18/lawmakers-are-planning-give-schools-more-money-strings-attached/
OTHER LOCAL LEGISLATIVE NEWS:
HISD Board of Education elects new president, officers for 2019: http://blogs.houstonisd.org/news/2019/01/18/hisd-board-of-education-elects-new-president-officers-for-2019/
HISD administrators begin planning/budgeting for 2019-2020 budget: https://www.houstonisd.org/budget