In a 6-3 vote Tuesday night, the Houston ISD board rejected a proposal recommended by Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan's administration to approve a basic budget now for the 2019-20 school year and then return next week to amend it to include employee compensation. view article arw

After months of trepidation about the financial health of the district, the AISD board of trustees approved unanimously on Monday night (June 17) a $1.6 billion budget for the 2019-20 school and fiscal year. The budget includes an estimated $88 million in new revenue from the state, which will help fund some of the largest single-year pay raises in the district's history. view article arw

Tomball ISD could see a $2 million surplus in fiscal year 2019-20 from House Bill 3’s change in the school finance formula, Chief Financial Officer Jim Ross said during a June 11 board of trustees meeting.  HB 3, signed into law June 11, allots $11.6 billion to reform the state’s school finance system. view article arw

Teachers in the El Paso Independent School District will receive pay raises averaging 6 percent under a compensation plan approved by the school board on Tuesday night.  The measure also increases the starting annual salary for new teachers from $48,300 to $50,566. The pay raises will take effect in August. view article arw

While Boerne teachers are celebrating time off for the summer, they can also celebrate a big raise in pay. The BISD Board of Trustees just passed an average 6 percent increase for teachers, nurses, librarians, and counselors, as well as a 4.5 percent raise for other district employees, according to the district. This applies to the 2019-2020 school year.  view article arw

Austin ISD will operate on an almost $1.62 billion budget for fiscal year 2019-20. Within those expenditures, AISD’s $1.42 billion general fund will include about $48.6 million in compensation increases for teachers and district staff. AISD and its employees’ union announced June 13 it had agreed to 6% pay raises for all district staff while qualifying employees—including teachers, counselors and librarians with more than five years of experience—will receive 7% raises. view article arw

In a 6-3 vote Tuesday night, the Houston ISD board rejected a proposal recommended by Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan's administration to approve a basic budget now for the 2019-20 school year and then return next week to amend it to include employee compensation. Working against a state-mandated deadline of June 30 and despite the pleas of Chief Financial Officer Dr. Rene Barajas to get some form of a budget in place so there will be no possible interruption in paychecks or district operations as of July 1, the majority of the board insisted they wanted to wait. view article arw

Wichita Falls ISD trustees plan to raise teacher salaries as required by a state law Gov. Greg Abbott signed June 11, but the pay increases weren’t in the 2019-2020 district budget approved Monday at a school board meeting. Facing a deadline, trustees passed a kind of placeholder budget for WFISD while school officials iron out how to factor in House Bill 3 -- and add in the effect of the swap-and-drop tax proposition voters approved Saturday. view article arw

The Houston ISD board of trustees on June 18 voted down a proposed 2019-20 budget that was formulated without teacher raises and other adjustments required by new state laws, as board members peppered officials with questions and direction on how to invest some $135 million in new funding made available by state House Bill 3. The 3-6 decision came despite multiple warnings by HISD Chief Financial Officer Rene Barajas, who said not having a budget in hand before July 1 would mean the district would not be able to open for business for the new fiscal year. view article arw

School trustees here met Monday with financial advisors at a workshop on the 2019-20 budget. The board heard information from Washington County Chief Appraiser Willy Dilworth and appeals director Carla Pope-Osborne, who specializes in school district values and taxable wealth. view article arw

Though House Bill 3 was called the school finance reform bill, Midland ISD still will be required to distribute nearly one-third of its budget to the Texas Education Agency. Because MISD has been labeled a Chapter 49 district — previously known as a Chapter 41 district — it will pay more than $118.4 million to the TEA in the 2019-20 fiscal year. view article arw

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Brian Schuss has good news for Katy ISD staff: they may see a salary increase for the 2019-20 school year. At the June 17 KISD board of trustees work-study meeting, Schuss presented a plan to increase district employee’s compensation: view article arw

Teachers and staff in the Boerne Independent School District will soon get a pay raise. Educators will receive a larger compensation package thanks to House Bill 3 and teaching staff who have taught for five years will get even more money. Teachers will get an average pay increase of 6% and an additional $500 experience incentive. view article arw

Amarillo Independent School District employees will see an increase in pay after board members approved a $316 million budget. On Monday evening, Amarillo School Board members voted to approve a budget that includes raises for employees. view article arw

The Keller ISD board of trustees unanimously approved the proposed budget for the 2019-20 year at its June 17 meeting. The approval comes after the district calculated how House Bill 3 would affect Keller ISD’s finances. The district’s general fund revenue is just over $318.8 million. Of that, 68.75% is local revenue, 29.5% is state revenue and 1.75% is federal. The proposed expenditures total nearly $318.61 million, of which 76.08% is spent on the campus. view article arw

New money to schools

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With the newly adopted school finance bill, House Bill 3, local school districts are expected to see an increase in state funding this coming school year. The amount of the increase is still to be determined. Gov. Greg Abbott signed the $11.6 billion school finance bill this week, which included $6.5 billion in new education spending and $5.1 billion toward property tax relief. It provides an increase in teacher pay, reduction in recapture and provides money for a full-day of pre-K for eligible 4-year-olds. view article arw

Spring ISD teachers, librarians, nurses and counselors can expect a pay raise of $2,250-$3,250 for the 2019-20 school year, following the unanimous approval of Spring ISD’s 2019-20 budget by the board of trustees June 12. Part of the funding for the pay raises is a result of House Bill 3, which was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott June 11. The bill requires increased compensation for staff as well as school property tax reform. view article arw

Austin ISD will give all district staff a 6% pay increase in its upcoming fiscal year 2019-20 budget, and teachers with more than 5 years of experience will receive a 7% raise, according to an announcement made June 13. “This is the most robust and powerful compensation package in my 21 years in the district,” Education Austin President Ken Zarifis said at a news conference, calling it “an inspiring day for Austin ISD.” Superintendent Paul Cruz said the raises represent a $48 million increase in teacher compensation in the district’s budget. Through House Bill 3, a school finance bill that was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott June 11, the state had required the district to increase compensation by at least $21 million, he said. view article arw

Now that House Bill 3 has passed, many school districts are figuring out how the new law will affect them. Coppell ISD held a workshop Monday night discussing the details of the bill and how it will tie into the district’s upcoming budget session. HB 3 dedicated $6.5 billion to education and about $5.1 billion to alleviate the high property tax issue. While the bill is expected to provide some relief and boost funding, some of its aspects could put a burden on school districts. view article arw

Frisco ISD is eliminating its pay-to-play fee for student athletes. The district began charging $100 for middle schoolers and 200 dollars for high schoolers to take part in athletics in 2017 after local voters rejected a tax increase. view article arw

Wichita Falls ISD officials are excited after Gov. Greg Abbott signed a new school finance reform bill into law. House Bill 3 was signed Tuesday and is the landmark legislation that reforms the state’s public education system, specifically funding. The bill will bring $11.6 billion to help pay for pre-kindergarten programs, career and technology education priorities, and an increase in teachers salaries. view article arw

Families in Frisco won't have to cough up $200 for their kids to participate in high school sports next year, the school district announced this week. Since 2017, Frisco ISD has been one of only a few area school districts that have a "pay-to-play" policy for middle and high school sports. Over the next year, the district announced, it will review all extra-curricular fees and will cancel athletics fees for 2019-2020. The district started the policy — charging $100 for middle school athletes and $200 for high school athletes — after cuts in state funding and local voters rejected a tax increase in 2016.  view article arw

North East Independent School District trustees had a lot of questions at the first budget meeting of the year in mid-May. Many more arose when they met Wednesday night to discuss in greater detail the implications of House Bill 3, the school finance reform law passed in the most recent legislative session. At the close of the session, NEISD was projected to receive about $26 million in new funding. Since the end of May, when district officials received the estimate, that number has changed. Executive Director of Finance and Accounting Brian Moy received an email from the Texas Education Agency Tuesday afternoon indicating NEISD would actually be receiving a little less than $22 million. view article arw

The Pearland ISD board of trustees passed a general fund budget of nearly $183 million for the 2019-20 school year at its regular board meeting June 11. The district is expecting a $5.8 million shortfall. With the shortfall, the district will be looking at a 97-day fund reserve over the recommended 90 days. “This puts me in a really tough place as a fiscal conservative. You don’t want to over budget and give raises in a place where you are going into [shortfall] … when you can’t maintain it in the long-term, and the whole purpose that we serve here is maintaining the best teacher pool that we have,” trustee Crystal Carbone said. “When it comes right down to it, I have to choose the teachers and the students that continue to grow and to be the people we want them to be.” view article arw

Edgewood Independent School District employees are set to receive raises, as the district’s governing board is expected to pass a nearly $100 million budget later this month. The district normally starts its fiscal year on Sept. 1, but decided to switch to a July 1 start date for the upcoming year. With the state legislative session gaveling out less than a month ago, and a significant school finance reform bill taking effect, Edgewood ISD will be one of the first districts to grapple with all of the legislative changes. At a budget workshop Tuesday night, district Chief Financial Officer Myrna Martinez broke down the new elements Edgewood will incorporate into its upcoming fiscal year. Edgewood taxpayers will see a reduction in their school district property tax bill with the passage of House Bill 3, the omnibus school finance bill that was signed into law Monday. view article arw

Frisco ISD approves budget

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Frisco ISD will add staff and increase pay in order to reduce class size, attract and retain quality employees and better support student learning, said district officials. The budget for the 2019-20 school year, approved by the School Board on Wednesday evening, adds new campus and support positions and makes additional investments in special education, bilingual, STEM and online learning programs, among other priorities. The vast majority of new spending in the $564.5 million operating budget was made possible through voter approval of the Tax Ratification Election (TRE) in November 2018. view article arw

Equal footing for students in Richardson ISD is now mandated by district policy. The district’s board of trustees adopted the RISD Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Policy in a unanimous 7-0 vote on June 10. Approval of the policy comes months after RISD settled a lawsuit accusing it of Voting Rights Act violations that favor white board members and students. “June 10, 2019, is a big day,” Superintendent Jeannie Stone said. “It’s a big, big day.” Over the past six months, members of the district’s Equity Council met to develop the policy, which seeks to”establish a framework to eliminate any bias, prejudice, or unlawful discrimination that may affect student achievement and learning experiences and to promote learning and working environments that welcome, respect, and value equity, diversity and inclusion.” view article arw

Spring ISD employees will receive pay raises starting next school year. "These teacher raises are part of Spring ISD's commitment to reward our educators who do so much every day in the classroom to support the academic success of our students," said Superintendent Rodney E. Watson. "Our teachers are true professionals and well-deserving of these pay increases." view article arw

Humble ISD employees can soon look forward to a salary increase for the 2019-20 school year as the HISD board of trustees unanimously approved an $18.7 million compensation package at the June 11 meeting. Rick Gardner, associate superintendent of human resources at HISD, said the 2019-20 year features the largest compensation package in memory that the district has approved. He said compensation packages from previous budget cycles were between $6 million and $8 million. view article arw

On Tuesday, state leaders gathered as Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 3 into law, a landmark public education finance reform bill. The bill itself aims to reform school finance, reduce property taxes, and increase teacher pay. HB 3 will also decrease the amount of "recapture" payments, the controversial policy that forces property-wealthy school districts like Austin ISD to help pay for the schools in property-poor school districts. view article arw

The Royse City Independent School District Board of Trustees will change its employee compensation plan to add salary increases dictated by Texas House Bill 3, school finance legislation that was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Greg Abbott. Board members voted to table the changes to a future meeting on Monday night, as the bill had not yet been signed by the governor. The school finance bill, considered by many as the most pressing issue of this year’s legislative session, will dedicate $11.6 billion to the state’s public education system, according to the Texas Tribune. view article arw

The Northwest ISD board of trustees approved at its June 10 meeting more than $7 million in pay and compensation increases for its teachers, librarians, nurses, counselors and other faculty. The pay increases will take effect during the 2019-20 school year. The increases were spurred by House Bill 3, which was passed by the 2019 Texas Legislature and signed by Gov. Greg Abbott on June 11. The bill allocates $6.5 billion for public education improvements and teacher pay raises across the state. The state will distribute the funding to districts across Texas based on student population. view article arw

Keller ISD officials met June 10 to discuss the effects of House Bill 3 on the 2019-20 school year budget. The school board is set to adopt the budget in a week at its June 17 meeting.  HB 3 is a major school finance reform bill that seeks to direct billions of additional dollars to public education. It was recently passed by the Texas House of Representatives and Senate and sent to Gov. Greg Abbott’s office. view article arw

Fort Bend ISD discussed proposing $716.9 million in budget expenditures for the 2019-20 school year with its board of trustees. Overall, the budget includes operating revenue of $704.8 million, a beginning fund balance of $205.7 million and $10 million in economic stabilization. It expects an ending fund balance of $195.7 million, including a 90-reserve requirement of $176.6 million. view article arw

The Texas Legislature approved two of the biggest bills — revamping public school financing and cutting property taxes — before the session ended last week.  House Bill 3, which revamped school finance laws, was approved by both houses after being led through the process by State Sen. Larry Taylor, who represents Alvin, Manvel and Santa Fe. Taylor said the legislation was groundbreaking as it is the first time in decades the Legislature changed public school finance laws without a court order.  view article arw