88th Session Legislative Priorities

The Texas Legislature meets in Austin from January through May of each odd-numbered year. Prior to the beginning of each legislative session, the Board of Trustees adopts legislative priorities for the upcoming session. In October 2022, the Frisco ISD Board of Trustees approved the following priorities for the 88th Session of the Texas Legislature, which begins in January 2023. 

The priorities were developed by the FISD Legislative Leadership Committee, a district committee made up of staff, students and community members to learn more about how local, state and federal governmental action impacts the school district. The committee was tasked with exploring issues that could be considered by state lawmakers in the next legislative session, as well as areas where action by the state could help Frisco ISD better serve students and the community.

Assessment & Accountability

  • Allow school districts to locally determine the parameters of remediation for students who do not perform satisfactorily on state assessments.

  • Provide a comprehensive view of the strengths and needs of schools by broadening the state accountability system to include meaningful, diversified data points.

Online Learning

  • Provide funding to school districts offering virtual learning programs based on attendance accounting that reflects the unique needs of students served in virtual learning programs.

  • Provide funding to school districts to serve students who temporarily reside outside of school district boundaries in virtual learning programs.

School Finance

  • Increase the Basic Allotment to account for inflation since 2019, and index the Basic Allotment to the rate of inflation.

  • Provide Special Education funding based on services provided to students rather than instructional arrangements, and update relevant funding weights to reflect the actual costs of services.

  • Update the Foundation School Program allotments to reflect the actual costs of programs associated with each allotment.

Special Programs

  • Study barriers to identifying emerging bilingual students and reclassifying students served in English as a Second Language (“ESL”) and bilingual programs.

  • Allow school districts to locally determine eligibility criteria for PreKindergarten programs.

Whole Child

  • Direct the Texas Education Agency (“TEA”) and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (“HHS”) to develop model practices to support students returning to campus from the hospital setting.

  • Require hospitals to allow school district access to students, with parental consent, for the provision of education services during the school day and to assist in the return to campus transition