Update on Texas Commission on Public School Finance Meeting December 11
On Tuesday, the Texas Commission on Public School Finance met in Austin to discuss the final draft of the commission's report. Please read on for an update from the December 11 meeting and TAGT's position on the meeting's results.
Update on Texas Commission on Public School Finance
Dear TAGT Members and Supporters,
On Tuesday, the Texas Commission on Public School Finance met in Austin to discuss the final draft of the commission's report. As expected, this report, due to the Texas legislature by December 31, includes the recommendation to “Reallocate the Gifted and Talented Allotment Funds,” effectively eliminating the G/T allotment for distribution through the Basic Allotment. A final vote is expected on December 19, 2018.
While the Commission may send their report to the legislature, we understand this report will not impact the legislative process. Any changes to the current G/T allotment statute in the Texas Education Code must go through the legislative process—passage in both chambers—with an actual bill number.
While the 86th session of the Texas Legislature begins on January 8, 2019, our advocacy has begun. The Commission Chair Scott Brister will allow commission members to place letters in the appendix to the final report; TAGT has submitted this letter to members of the commission for consideration in said document.
As the session nears, it's just as important to let TAGT know if you personally know a legislator. This will help us build a database of connected members—and we welcome more lawmakers who would be willing to advocate for gifted education.
TAGT urges our G/T community to stay strong, stay tuned, and stay active. To ensure you and your community members receive information and regular legislative updates, we encourage you to keep your TAGT membership current. Please invite all G/T supporters and parents to join!
Thank you for your continued support of TAGT and gifted learners.
Paulina van Eeden Hill, CAE
Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented