Legislative Priorities

 

Dr. Diana Barrera Ugarte

Superintendent

401 FM 719

Kenedy, Texas 78119

(830)583-4100

www.KenedyISD.com


LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

87th Legislative Session



FUNDING

Protect all programs and funding provided in House Bill 3 (authorized

in the 86th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature.)

Protect fund balances from legislative mandated reductions to state

entitlements.

● Protect and enhance funding for Senate Bill 11 (authorized in the 86th

Regular Session of the Texas Legislature) that addresses school safety,

trauma informed care and mental health resources in schools.

● Provide additional funding for Technology and Instructional Materials

Allotment to meet higher standards for all students.

● Provide additional funding with local flexibility for state-required

accelerated instruction in grades 3-8, as well as for end-of-course

academic remediation.



TEACHER RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION

● Support adaptive and creative local solutions for recruiting and

retaining high-quality, diverse educators in our district

● Strengthen health and retirement benefits



ACCOUNTABILITY

Provide fair and responsible student assessments and oppose A-F

campus and district ratings that oversimplify the complex work of

schools and incentivize teaching to the test.



RACIAL EQUITY

Support diversity and cultural awareness initiatives through staff and

student education and restorative teaching and disciplinary practices

that promote racial equity.

Evaluate Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for accurate and

complete education as it pertains to all cultures that have contributed

to the rich history of Texas and the United States.



PANDEMIC RESPONSE

Provide additional funding to address deficits brought on by the

COVID-19 pandemic and enable raises for teachers.

Provide funding to address the digital divide to ensure reliable,

high-speed broadband access to all Texans.



LOCAL CONTROL

Oppose legislations or measures that seek to limit school districts’ or

administrators’ ability to have representation before the Texas

legislature, state agencies, and the executive branch.



GOVERNANCE

Recognize and preserve the right of public school boards to associate

and collaborate with each other and to communicate the needs of their

students and school, both directly and through representative

organizations, with lawmakers.



RIGHT TO ADVOCATE

Oppose efforts to limit the abilities of school districts and nonprofit

organizations to lobby for their cause.



Approved by the Kenedy ISD Board of Trustees on January 19, 2021



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