Kyle Biedermann Introduces Legislation To Give Much Needed Relief To Local School Districts

March 17, 2017

Austin, TX (03/17/2017) — This week, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Bie­der­mann (R- Fred­er­icks­burg) intro­duced House Bill 3759, leg­is­la­tion cre­at­ed to cut down on the num­ber of unfund­ed man­dates lim­it­ing Texas school districts.

The leg­is­la­tion would repeal many cur­rent edu­ca­tion­al man­dates for which the leg­is­la­ture has not appro­pri­at­ed mon­ey esti­mat­ed to be suf­fi­cient to meet the expen­di­ture required by the mandate.

“I fun­da­men­tal­ly dis­agree with a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach when it comes to our pub­lic school dis­tricts,” Rep. Bie­der­mann said. “It is not leg­is­la­tors but admin­is­tra­tors, teach­ers, and par­ents who are most aware of the edu­ca­tion­al and extracur­ric­u­lar needs of stu­dents in their indi­vid­ual dis­tricts. Those are the peo­ple who should be mak­ing deci­sions about schools. Until the leg­is­la­ture and pub­lic edu­ca­tion offi­cials hon­est­ly fix the bro­ken sys­tem of fund­ing our pub­lic schools, our local dis­tricts need relief and more local con­trol of how they spend the fund­ing they receive.”

This bill is not a state­ment of oppo­si­tion to any of these pro­grams but is, instead, a motion of sup­port for the abil­i­ty of local school dis­tricts to focus their time and resources only on those pro­grams that pro­vide the most ben­e­fit to their stu­dents. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Bie­der­mann rec­og­nizes the pos­i­tive impact that many of the pro­grams con­tained in these man­dates have on stu­dents, and ful­ly sup­ports their imple­men­ta­tion in schools where they are desired.

Kyle Bie­der­mann is the State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for House Dis­trict 73 and is serv­ing as a fresh­man rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the Texas House. He serves on the Com­mit­tee on Juve­nile Jus­tice and Fam­i­ly Issues and the Com­mit­tee on Coun­ty Affairs.

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