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Changes made to state education funding formulas during the 83rd Legislative Session will benefit Lubbock ISD (LISD) by about $9.5 million for 2013-14, with an additional increase of approximately $3.5 million for 2014-15., giving the district resources to reinvest in the classroom. For the sake of comparison, the analysis assumes all factors impacting state funding remained constant, including local tax collections and enrollment. Increases to tax collections or enrollment will expand the revenue increase.
Superintendent Berhl Robertson, Jr., Ed.D., lauded the work of the Lubbock legislative delegation to bring the inequity of state education funding formulas to light during the 83rd session. Lubbock ISD, which has been in the bottom third of districts in Texas in terms of state funding per pupil, will see an increase of about $268 per student in state funding. LISD joins other large West Texas districts of Abilene, Amarillo and San Angelo ISDs in gaining funding from the new formula. The gap between school districts in per student funding, which was as much as $6,000 per student, was one claim made in the recent lawsuit brought again the state.
Superintendent Robertson stated, "School districts at the bottom of the funding formula have benefited the most from this new formula. We appreciate the work of Senator Duncan and Representatives Frullo and Perry to bring this funding inequity to light and to take steps to close the funding gap." "The restoration of funding will give us the opportunity to further our mission of providing a quality education for all students," Robertson added. Among the items increased funding can address are: adding teaching staff, especially in the area of special education; filling in funding gaps created by cuts to the federal budget; maintaining full-day pre-kindergarten and providing future pay raises for staff.
Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees President Steve Massengale said, "There are very few people who understand state education funding. We are fortunate that our state senator, Robert Duncan, is an expert and our representatives advocated for the students of Lubbock ISD." "The success of our community depends on a quality education for all children and bringing more equity to the funding formula gives our students access to the same resources as other parts of the state."
Another legislative change impacting the district was the passage of HB5. Robertson said the changes will benefit students in Lubbock ISD and across the state. "The flexibility provided by HB5 will allow for more relevant and rigorous coursework in upper grade levels, and it will give us the opportunity to provide more advanced career and technical education coursework," Robertson said. "The Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center is positioned well for full implementation of HB5."