• Legislative Priorities Summary

    2017 Legislative Position Statements for Special Session

    The Governor of Texas has identified 20 priority statements that he would like to see addressed during a 30-day special session that he has called to start on July 18, 2017. In addition to the position statements adopted by the Plano ISD Board of Trustees in advance of the regular session, the Legislative Subcommittee submits the following position statements for the Board’s consideration. These statements are specific to the education-related priorities as defined by the Governor. Read more.

    2017 Legislative Priorities

    At the January 24, 2016 regular board meeting the Plano ISD Board of Trustees adopted the Legislative Priorities for the 85th legislative session that begins on January 10, 2017. In June 2016, a subcommittee of three Board Members was formed to consider legislative priorities for the 85th Legislative Session. The Plano ISD Legislative Priorities are derived from inclusive conversation among Trustees and district administration. Additionally, in-common legislative priorities are considered upon collaboration with peer districts. Read more.

    Superintendent Letter to Plano ISD Property Taxpayers

    You may have recently received your property tax bill from the Collin County Tax Office. Unless you are a taxpayer age 65 or older or disabled for whom school property taxes are frozen, your taxes are probably higher than last year. This is true for most taxpayers, even though the Plano ISD tax rate remained the same as last year. Read more.

    2015 Legislative Priorities

    Since the 84th Texas Legislature convened on January 13, Plano ISD school board members and administrators have visited with legislators in Austin to discuss the following legislative priorities developed by the board. Read more.

    School Board Adopts Resolution in Opposition to Bills that Diverting Public Dollars Away from Public Education

    At their April 7 meeting, the Plano ISD Board of Trustees adopted a resolution in opposition to vouchers, taxpayer savings grants, tax credits and other mechanisms that reduce public education funding. The school board voted to adopt the resolution (see related agenda item description) to make the school district's position abundantly clear to state legislators.

    Judge Issues Findings in Texas School Finance Lawsuit

    August 28, 2014 - State District Judge John Dietz issued a final judgment declaring the state's school finance system unconstitutional on several premises. All the school district plaintiff groups succeeded on their claims. Judge Dietz held that the Calhoun County ISD plaintiffs had proven that the current school finance system has evolved into an unconstitutional statewide property tax and fails to sufficiently fund Texas schools at the level required to provide a constitutionally adequate education. Read more.

    Texas School Finance System Ruled Unconstitutional

    Feb. 4, 2013 - State District Judge John Dietz ruled that the Texas school finance system is unconstitutional by ruling in favor of the Calhoun County ISD plaintiffs on their two principle claims of adequacy and statewide property tax. Judge Dietz held that the school finance system has evolved into an unconstitutional state property tax and that the system fails to provide the plaintiff districts access to funding sufficient to provide a constitutionally adequate education. Read more.

    Plano ISD Board of Trustees Joins Lawsuit to Challenge State's School Finance System

    November, 2011 – The Plano ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to join with other Texas public school districts in a lawsuit against the State of Texas. The school board passed a resolution retaining the services of Haynes and Boone, LLP, in its efforts to challenge the state school finance system. The district asserts that the current system and level of funding impair the education available to students within the district, as well as the ability of the district to provide adequate education to students.