Happy 2017 everyone,
We at NYOS Charter School start the spring semester gearing up for graduation and spring testing. We also welcome Texas state legislators back to Austin. Several bills in the 2017 session may impact Texas charter schools. SB457 filed by Senator Donna Campbell of New Braunfels proposes facilities funding for charter schools. The bill, if passed, would provide approximately $700 per student per year to help pay for charter school facilities. At NYOS, that would mean $672,000 added annually to our budget starting in the 2017-2018 school year. SB6, also known as the “Bathroom bill” may provide clarity to schools on facilities for transgendered students. Other bills seek to remedy language regarding the calculation of time from days to minutes and the new A-F school accountability ratings system. One prospective bill may also offer extra funding in exchange for meeting more stringent academic and discipline requirements. It is worth noting that any proposed state budget amendments that increase funding for public schools benefit NYOS too.
To help pass legislation beneficial to charter schools, I meet regularly with legislators to promote charter school initiatives. Most times, I work in conjunction with the Texas Charter Schools Association. In fact, on Tuesday January 24th, I am testifying to the TX Senate Education Committee regarding facilities funding for charter schools. You can be sure that I will thank Senator Campbell for filing SB457. Having that extra $762,000 each year means NYOS could build out our new property on Lamar more quickly and with more amenities – a direct positive effect on our school.
NYOS needs YOU as voters to help. Please remember that all participation is voluntary. If you are interested, here are a few ways to get involved.
YOU can make a difference for the 960 students at NYOS and the 230,000+ charter school students in Texas. Please take a minute and sign up now. Thank you in advance for supporting NYOS.
NYOS Charter School