2018 Interim Legislative Agenda
- The AISD believes that local control produces stronger policies and programs to enhance the educational program and improve student performance.
- The AISD believes that relevant instructional programs that reflect and compliment theprovisions of HB 5 (83rd Legislative Session) will improve post-secondary readiness andraise graduation rates.
- The AISD believes that suitable funding for mandated state requirements should be required,or that unfunded state mandates be eliminated.
Academic Accountability: An effective, efficient and equitable state academic accountability system is necessary to carry out the mission and objectives of the Texas public education system. Texas’ current academic accountability system provides confusing information to parents about the performance of their child’s school and is too complex for school districts to navigate effectively. The state accountability system should be a tool that helps local school boards and educators improve student performance.
School Finance: Legislation and an appropriation that provides funding for public education to meet the mission and objectives described in Texas Education Code,Section 4.001 are necessary to ensure that Texas produces a workforce that will sustain the state’s economy. Appropriate legislation and funding impacts three areas critical to public education – student achievement, qualified education workforce and local control.
School Choice: The Arlington ISD is a district that offers choice for students andparents. While a school voucher program is perhaps the most polarizing issue in publiceducation today, public school districts should be recognized for providing true choiceto their constituents.
Prekindergarten: Pre-K programs such as formula-funded public school pre-K, the High-Quality Pre-K Expansion Grant and the Pre-K Early Start Grant provide access forchildren who need pre-K most. Access to quality pre-K positively impacts academicreadiness and performance.