Ad­di­tional school fund­ing

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

The U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives passed a sup­ple­men­tal ap­pro­pri­a­tions bill that also in­cluded ad­di­tional fund­ing for ed­u­ca­tion and other pro­grams. The ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing pro­vi­sion in­cluded word­ing in­tended to en­sure that sup­ple­men­tal fed­eral monies, in­clud­ing ap­prox­i­mately $820 mil­lion for Texas, are truly in­cre­men­tal to state and lo­cal fund­ing and are ac­tu­ally and di­rectly re­ceived by Texas school dis­tricts.

With po­ten­tially sig­nif­i­cant state bud­get cuts loom­ing next bi­en­nium, this fed­eral ap­pro­pri­a­tion is desperately needed by Texas school dis­tricts to help meet ris­ing ac­count­abil­ity stan­dards and pre­serve teacher jobs, es­sen­tial pro­grams, ap­pro­pri­ate class sizes and crit­i­cal ser­vices for stu­dents that would oth­er­wise be cur­tailed or elim­i­nated.

I am hope­ful that our lead­ers in Congress and at the state level will work to­gether to en­sure that this ad­di­tional fund­ing di­rectly reaches our schools, teach­ers and stu­dents.

Mark Wil­liams

Pres­i­dent, AISD board of trustees

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