Fort Bend ISD continues its advocacy work, looks forward to next legislative session (9/11/2019)
FORT BEND ISD (September 11, 2019) – As Fort Bend ISD begins another school year, there will be noticeable changes on our campuses as a result of action taken by lawmakers during the Texas 86th Legislative Session. Beginning this school year, the District now offers full-day prekindergarten to eligible students, supporting the Board’s goal to give all students a strong academic foundation. Legislation also included additional funding for career and technical education programs, dual-language acquisition and mandatory raises for teachers and librarians.
The Texas legislature meets every two years, and the next session will be held in 2021, but FBISD is already preparing for the next legislative session. The District continues its involvement with TASA (Texas Association of School Administrators), TASB (Texas Association of School Boards), and the Texas School Alliance. Through these organizations, FBISD is able to work with other school districts and leaders from across the state to ensure that students have the support they need.
“The Texas Legislature is in session for so short a time every other year, but our District remains committed to participating in ongoing conversations about our students' success,” said Jason Burdine, FBISD Board President.
To support its ongoing effort, the District plans to next facilitate its successful Board Leadership Academy during the 2021 legislative session, giving participants access to the lawmakers who shape state policy. The academy is open to all community members who live within the Fort Bend ISD attendance boundaries, and the application will be available starting in August 2020 for the 2020-21 school year. Program participants finish the academy with not only a better sense of how the state’s governing body affects FBISD but also how the District operates. Visit the Board Leadership Academy webpage to learn more.