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Frisco ISD eNewsletter: June 13, 2019

Jun 13, 2019

TRE, House Bill 3 Provide Increased School Funding

Frisco ISD will add staff and increase pay in order to reduce class size, attract and retain quality employees and better support student learning. The approved 2019-20 budget also prioritizes special education, bilingual, STEM and online learning programs, among other needs. The budget was made possible through voter support of the Tax Ratification Election (TRE) last year and House Bill 3, the new school finance law passed by the legislature and signed by the governor this week.

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Frisco ISD Expands Online Course Opportunities

Next school year, high school students will have more options than ever before for taking courses for advancement or credit recovery. RAIL, which stands for Reaching All Innovative Learners, is the District’s new student-centered online program that aligns with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), as well as District curriculum sequencing. The program encourages interactive learning while allowing driven students to learn at their own pace, on their own time and on a personalized learning path.

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FISD to Study All Student Fees, Suspend Athletics Fee

Frisco ISD will suspend the athletics operational fee for high school and middle school students during the 2019-20 school year as the District reviews all student fees, including those required for academic coursework, extracurricular activities and field trips. The purpose of the review is to evaluate fees charged at both the District and campus level to ensure appropriateness for each program and consistency across campuses.

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Elementary Students to Get Additional Break During the School Day

Frisco ISD will expand a pilot program in the coming school year to provide elementary students with an additional 10-15 minute break from classroom learning. The structured brain breaks will allow students to engage in physical activity, which improves focus and attention when students return to the classroom. The breaks also provide additional opportunities for social and emotional learning and the development of skills that are best learned outside the classroom.

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