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2015 - Budget and 84th Legislative Session

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The Texas 84th Legislative Session convened in January of 2015, and the Leander ISD Board of Trustees and the administration were called upon by state legislators and other interest groups to provide data, insight and feedback on education related topics. In an effort to maximize district resources, time and effort, a formal documentation of legislative priorities ensures alignment and consistent messaging that best serve the students of Leander ISD and the district’s focus areas. Leander ISD is committed to ensuring that every student exists our system with the same passion they had for learning they had when they entered, without economics determining success. Every Option Open.

Final Bill Report - 2015
Courtesy of the Texas Association of School Administrators – TASA

Webcast: Legislative Update​

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Contact Your Lawmakers Today

Several important Senate and House bills related to public education are being discussed by lawmakers during the 84th Legislative session, bills addressing issues such as school finance, campus safety, assessment and accountability and school choice.

The most important things concerned citizens can do during this legislative session is voice your concerns to lawmakers and to stay informed of the Legislature’s developments. Learn who represents you and contact your lawmakers.

Access the Texas Legislator Online and track bills that matter to you. Stay informed of these issues, get engaged in the process and support the students of Leander ISD.

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2013 - Budget and 83rd Legislative Session

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Did you know?

  • Leander ISD is the second-fastest growing school district in Texas with populations of more than 20,000 students.
  • More than 34,200 students attend LISD’s 23 elementary schools, eight middle schools and five 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 two percent increase in attendance could mean an additional $4 million for LISD.

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LISD Debt Management

Paying for Our Building Program
Board Policies Regarding Use of Bonds

Committees Consider Major Changes to TRS Pension and TRS Care


Contact Your Lawmakers Today

Several important Senate and House bills related to public education are being discussed by lawmakers during the 83rd Legislative session, bills addressing issues such as school finance, campus safety, assessment and accountability and school choice.

The most important things concerned citizens can do during this legislative session is voice your concerns to lawmakers and to stay informed of the Legislature’s developments. Learn who represents you and contact your lawmakers.

Access the Texas Legislator Online and track bills that matter to you.

Stay informed of these issues, get engaged in the process and support the students of Leander ISD.

Stay Informed

Support Our Students

Parental involvement is the most important factor in a student’s education. Volunteer in LISD schools.

Additional Resources

Making Your Point: Effective Communication at the Capitol Requires Planning, Tact
Dr. Champion's Column: LISD's Priorities for 83rd Legislative Session
School Finance - Plain and Simple
LISD Guiding Documents
Texas PTA

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2011 - Budget and 82nd Legislative Session

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"We began this school year by addressing barriers that can block a student’s path to a successful future… There is no doubt that the impact of the state’s $27 billion budget shortfall is the biggest roadblock that public schools have ever faced. LISD is fortunate to have so many supporters who are committed to tearing down this barrier and to doing what’s best for students."

- Bret Champion, Ed.D.

LISD Superintendent

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Approved 2011-2012 Budget

Budget and Tax Rate Presentation - August 18, 2011

Administration's Recommended 2011-2012 Budget Reductions

Press Release
List of Budget Reductions
Budget Development 2011-12 (March 22, 2011)

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Comments from Community and Staff Input Workshops

Except for limited editing, the comments received from our community and staff input workshops can be viewed here.
Community Responses
Staff Responses



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The impending state-imposed budget reductions facing Leander ISD are unprecedented. With Texas facing a $27 billion budget shortfall, lawmakers have guaranteed school leaders across the state that “education will take its share of the cuts.” In order for LISD to operate as it always has, the district would need an operating budget of $244 million next year. However, the likely scenario is that LISD’s operating budget will be between $216 million - $226 million, with estimated cuts ranging from $18 to $28 million. Unless schools get help from the 2011 Legislature, LISD can’t earn more revenue without raising taxes.

LISD is fortunate to have more than 10,000 active parent volunteers giving of their time and energy to encourage learning in our schools. At this critical time, their participation is needed more than ever. It is not too late for parents to make their voices heard to support public education.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Stay informed. Monitor LISD’s Legislative and Finance Web page to ensure you understand the scope of the issues and how they could affect your student. Know the facts and figures.
  • Get involved. LISD is hosting community workshops regarding the Legislature and our budget to gain a better understanding of how our community feels about the cuts we face. The public is encouraged to participate. You can continue to send your cost-saving suggestions to budget@leanderisd.org. The public may also attend school board meetings and express their concerns to LISD Board members and administrators.
  • Take action. You can support the district by contacting our lawmakers and writing a short letter. In your letter, be respectful and speak from the heart. Using a few sentences, tell your representatives why you feel they should make education the most important topic to address this legislative session. Work with your friends and neighbors to remind legislators that hundreds of thousands of public school children in Texas stand to lose immeasurable opportunities if education is not given precedence this session.
  • Support LISD.Volunteer in LISD schools and see first-hand how your tax dollars are being used to educate students. Parental involvement is the most important factor in a student’s education. Help LISD protect our progress as a district and sustain the level of education our community has come to expect.

Leander ISD Videos and Publications

School Finance - Plain and Simple
Budget Development 2011-12 (Feedback Workshops)
School Finance 101 Presentation
LISD Guiding Documents
Breakdown of the Educational Dollar
LISD Facts and Figures
Legislature Contact Information

News Articles & Resources

Waggoner: Hold Texas schools accountable, but make them a reflection of our communities and values
Texas Legislature Online
Texas State Comptroller's Biennial Review Estimate
Texas PTA - Advocacy
Texas Association of School Administrators

Texas Association of School Boards
Legislative Budget Board - House and Senate Budget Estimates
Make Education a Priority
Bill Filed to Access State's Rainy Day Fund

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