Legislative Newsletter

PISD Council of PTAs - 9/16/16


Public school funding will undoubtedly be a hot topic in the 85th legislative session. The Texas Supreme Court recently wrote that “Our Byzantine school funding ‘system’ is undeniably imperfect, with immense room for improvement. “ In this issue, view PISD’s new resolution related to taxation.

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Candidate Forum

Everyone is welcome to attend a public Candidate Forum on 10/8 at the Parr Library in Plano. It will be hosted by the nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Collin County. The audience will have the opportunity to submit written questions. Candidates for these races were also invited but are unable to attend: Constable Precinct 1, Sheriff, and US Representative District 4. This link has more information. http://lwvcollin.org/forums.html

Session 1, 10:30-11:30 – 416th District Judge, Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Place 1

Session 2, 11:45-12:45 – US Representative District 3

Session 3, 1:00-2:00 – TX Representative Districts 66 & 67 & 70

Session 4, 2:15-3:15 – TX Representative Districts 33 & 89

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Legislative Survey

What education-related legislative topics are important to you? You are welcome to participate in a survey being conducted by the PISD Council of PTAs through 9/20. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6XDJSJ2

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Public Education Funding

The good news is that our property values have been rising in Plano. The bad news is that we pay more property taxes. Since public education is funded by property taxes, many people believe that there is a direct association between an increase in local property tax revenue and an increase in local school funding. It is not that straightforward. If you would like to learn more about how this works, then you may be interested in PISD CFO Steve Fortenberry’s presentation from the 9/6 PISD board meeting. At around 30 minutes into this video, he answers “With all the growth in property valuations, why can’t we lower the tax rate?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r41JjYJAUGw&feature=youtu.be

The PISD Board of Trustees approved a resolution on 9/6 regarding property tax relief and transparency in taxation. It summarizes issues with the current system and requests action in the upcoming 85th Texas legislative session to ensure an adequate and fair public education finance system. Click here to see the complete document. https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicItemDownload.aspx?ik=39312019

Collin County Elections

Last weekend, Bruce Sherbet held an informative presentation about voting in Collin County. Rest assured that our elections are in good hands since he is the longest serving Elections Administrator in Texas! The visual walk down memory lane included photos of ballot boxes, levers, and punch cards. Collin County’s current systems were purchased in 2003, and new ones are expected to be acquired in 2018. Meanwhile, 400 voting machines will be leased for the November election in order to accommodate the county’s population growth. Security is a big concern these days, and Collin County takes many steps to ensure that your vote counts. These include using standalone voting systems that are never connected to the internet, keeping vote machines sealed and locked, and card-only access to the tabulation room. Election laws can differ significantly by state. For example, over 20 states offer online voter registration, and some states conduct elections completely through paper mail ballots. If you have questions about elections in Collin County, then you might like this link. http://www.co.collin.tx.us/elections

Candidates at PTA Events

As a nonpartisan nonprofit organization, your PTA may host candidates at events as long as all candidates for a race are invited, regardless of whether they all attend or not. More information about PTA rules for candidate appearances may be found at this link. http://s3.amazonaws.com/rdcms-pta/files/production/public/Candidate%20Appearances.pdf

PTA Legislative Facebook group

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SLAC Deadline Extension

The application deadline was extended from 9/16 to 9/30 for US Representative Sam Johnson’s Congressional Youth Advisory Council.

Register for PTA Board Training & Roundtables


PTA Board Orientation 9:30-11:30

Lunch 11:30-12:30

Position roundtables 12:30-2:00

Location: Sockwell Center, 6301 Chapel Hill Blvd, Plano, TX 75093

Registration: Use the ‘Register Now’ button on the top right corner of www.planopta.org.

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Upcoming Events

9/27 – Last day for students to apply for TX Rep Jeff Leach’s Dist 67 Student Advisory Council

9/27 - PISD Council of PTAs General Meeting (10:00, PISD Admin Boardroom)
9/30 – Last day for students to apply for US Rep Sam Johnson’s Dist 3 Youth Advisory Council

9/30 - PISD Council of PTAs Board Orientation (9:30-11:30) and Roundtables (12:30-2:00, Sockwell Center)

10/8 – Candidate Forum (10:30-3:15, Parr Library)

10/11 - Last day to register to vote

10/18 - PISD Council of PTAs General Meeting (10:00, PISD Admin Boardroom)

10/24-11/4 - Early voting

11/2 - Last day for students to submit an app for the Congressional App Challenge

11/8 - General Election
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