Legislative Session

Legislative Session


The Texas 87th Legislative Session convenes in January of 2021. Please review our Legislative Priorities adopted by the Board of Trustees in July 2020.

Review the LISD Legislative Priorities

Immediate Goals

Leander ISD advocates for legislation that:

Student Data Privacy

Requires the Texas Education Agency and technology vendors doing work with schools in Texas to de-identify students by masking all student data.

By the Numbers

Charged with safeguarding the personal data of more than 41,000 students without state-level guidance or requirements of vendors or agencies, such as the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

Driving Question

How do we ensure that LISD and our vendors comply with national and state data safety standards and best practices during the transfer of student records and programs?



Special Education

Supports protecting students and parents by ensuring special education advocates and hearing officers adhere to ethical standards and possess qualifications in Texas law and special education.

Driving Question(s):

How do we best support special education students, families and teachers?
How do we best protect the rights of parents of and students with disabilities?
How do we ensure laws are aligned and support all students in special education settings?

Impact to Leander ISD

Serves 4,882 special education students, 383 special education teachers, 29 self-contained secondary classrooms eligible for cameras and 83 self-contained classrooms eligible for cameras as the elementary level.


Leander ISD supports:

Mental Health

Increased funding for staff and professional development necessary to provide mental health-related services.

Driving Question(s)

How do we fund additional support for student services for mental health?
Is there a need to support mental health education and training in our education setting?

Impact to Leander ISD

Supports the mental health of students through brief individual counseling or small group skills development; however, counselors do not provide ongoing therapeutic services.

Employs two teams – with a total of 11 employees – provide short-term transitional mental health services to more than 40,000 students.
Employs 43 people that are a Licensed Specialist in School Psychologists (LSSP).

Serves 987 students with psychological services as part of an IEP, while 131 students receive counseling as part of their IEP. These are services provided by an LSSP because of the students’ related services needs in special education.

Fast Growth School District Solutions

Altering the current fast growth allotment as established by House Bill 3 to meet the original intent to ensure districts with a high rate of growth based on numerous factors are the beneficiaries of the allotment.

Increased funding for facilities in high growth areas such as LISD.


Longstanding Goals

Focus for Session

Accountability

Support allowing flexible options via a more holistic and comprehensive accountability system for students to ensure their education fits their current and future needs.

Local Control

Support local control and ensuring local decision-making remains intact and all options within reason are available for local policymakers to represent their constituents, as those who are closer to their specific communities have the best ability to react to their needs.

Ongoing

Funding

Support the legislature’s continued support of public education through additional dollars to assist in funding programs to include, but not limited to:

  • Early Childhood Initiatives: specifically, full and adequate funding for full-day prekindergarten;

  • Special Education;

  • Adjustments for changing demographics and student populations;

  • Employee benefits and additional support to recruit and retain highly qualified employees.

Comptroller

Did you know?

  • More than 41,000 students attend LISD’s 27 elementary schools, nine middle schools and six high schools.
  • LISD encompasses 198.51 square miles and includes the cities of Leander, Cedar Park, Jonestown and portions of Georgetown, Round Rock and Austin.
  • Texas school districts are funded based on attendance. A 2-percent increase in attendance could mean an additional $4 million for LISD.

Who Represents You?

LISD School Board
State of Texas Legislators
Williamson County Commissioners
Travis County Commissioners
Cedar Park City Council
Leander City Council
Round Rock City Council
Austin City Committee of Council
Jonestown City Council