Public Education

Community Enhancement / Talent Development / Agenda for Economic Vitality: Talent Development / Public Education

The quality of a community’s public education system is a top consideration when companies are selecting where to expand or relocate. Fortunately, the Round Rock Independent School District (RRISD) is one of the best in Texas and has been able to maintain its high marks even as it expands with the growth of the city. The chamber is a committed partner with RRISD and works to create a seamless connection between business and education.

Agenda for Economic Vitality public education positions:

Accountability

  • Oppose any measures that weaken the current education accountability system.

Career and Technical Education funding

  • Support legislation that simplifies the application process for receiving federal funds for Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.
  • Support legislative efforts to provide more flexibility to use federal resources to respond to changing education and economic needs and improve CTE alignment with in-demand jobs
  • Support increases in transparency and accountability

Dual credit

  • Support current K12 and higher education funding for dual credit courses and the TEXAS Grant scholarship limited income students who graduate college/career ready. Fund 100% of students eligible to receive TEXAS Grants.

Local control

  • Support local control by school board members to provide for adequate funding of necessary programs.
  • Support allowing local school administrators flexibility to deliver education efficiently in their own districts.

Partnerships to promote postsecondary and career readiness

  • Support legislative action that promotes employers providing meaningful internships, apprenticeships, and other opportunities for students, such as a tax credit for companies offering a six- to eight-week internships for high school students in a recognized CTE pathway program.
  • Support legislative efforts to encourage partnerships between higher education institutions, public school districts, and workforce that promote postsecondary readiness, particularly among at-risk students.

School choice

  • Support accountability for taxpayer dollars and student achievement through state assessments for any form of voucher program (i.e. tuition tax-credit).

School districts’ facilities needs and debt

  • Support legislation to alleviate the current state of school district facility needs and debt and the removal of constraints or limitations exist across the state, particularly in communities experiencing rapid growth, to fund facilities at the local level.
  • Support legislative efforts to adopt best practice models for facility efficiency and long term taxpayer savings.
  • Support legislative efforts to ensure the current facility funding programs, the Instructional Facilities Allotment (IFA) and the Existing Debt Allotment (EDA), to address school districts’ facility needs and provide property tax relief.

Read the Agenda for Economic Vitality  in its entirety.