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Primary elections are an opportunity for Texans to weigh in on who will be the candidates for the Republican and Democra...
03/04/2024

Primary elections are an opportunity for Texans to weigh in on who will be the candidates for the Republican and Democratic parties on the ballot in November. Voters will need to indicate which primary they’d like to vote in.

Polling places on Election Day may differ from early voting locations. Denton County residents must vote at their precinct. Find your polling place by visiting the Secretary of State’s voter portal after checking your registration status: https://teamrv-mvp.sos.texas.gov/MVP/mvp.do

Did you know that only 18% of registered voters vote in primary elections? That’s less than 1% of the state’s population...
03/01/2024

Did you know that only 18% of registered voters vote in primary elections? That’s less than 1% of the state’s population!

If you’ve ever wondered whether or not your vote matters, IT DOES. Recent local elections have been decided by less than 50 votes.

Today is the last day to vote early! Election Day is March 5. Get out and vote!

Today, Frisco ISD Government Affairs presented to a group of Trustees from across the state at TASB Governance Camp on h...
02/29/2024

Today, Frisco ISD Government Affairs presented to a group of Trustees from across the state at TASB Governance Camp on how to engage their community in legislative advocacy and ran into former FISD Trustee and TASB Immediate Past President, Debbie Mccormick Gillespie!

In Texas, we have “open primaries,” which means any registered voter can vote in either party’s primary.Early voting in ...
02/27/2024

In Texas, we have “open primaries,” which means any registered voter can vote in either party’s primary.

Early voting in the primary election is happening now, and Election Day is March 5. Get out and vote!

Today is the first day of early voting! Public education is always on the ballot, especially during the primaries. The T...
02/20/2024

Today is the first day of early voting! Public education is always on the ballot, especially during the primaries. The Texas legislature determines public school funding.

Election Day is March 5. Get out and vote!

Come see our FARSP - Frisco Area Retired School Personnel volunteers in the Atrium at the Administration building from 3...
01/25/2024

Come see our FARSP - Frisco Area Retired School Personnel volunteers in the Atrium at the Administration building from 3:30 - 5:30 PM today, Jan 25, and get registered in time to vote in the primary elections! The deadline to register is Feb 5.

If you can't make it out today, they'll be back next Tuesday, 1/30 from 12 - 2 PM and next Thursday, 2/1 from 3:30 - 5:30 PM.

Frisco ISD is partnering with FARSP - Frisco Area Retired School Personnel  to host a public voter registration drive in...
01/16/2024

Frisco ISD is partnering with FARSP - Frisco Area Retired School Personnel to host a public voter registration drive in January in advance of the March primaries.

The deadline to register is February 5, and early voting begins February 20

Join us on Monday, December 4 for a legislative update of the 88th Regular Session and  Special Sessions hosted by the F...
11/29/2023

Join us on Monday, December 4 for a legislative update of the 88th Regular Session and Special Sessions hosted by the Frisco ISD Council of PTAs. Be sure to RSVP!

Today, the Texas House will debate and take a vote on HB 1, which includes additional school funding and a universal vou...
11/17/2023

Today, the Texas House will debate and take a vote on HB 1, which includes additional school funding and a universal voucher program. Debate will likely last late into the evening. Watch it live here:

Website for the Texas House of Representatives. Provides information on legislation, committees, Texas house, and session.

Click the link below to tell lawmakers to focus on funding public schools instead of diverting taxpayer dollars to priva...
11/15/2023

Click the link below to tell lawmakers to focus on funding public schools instead of diverting taxpayer dollars to private entities.

Our teachers and our students deserve better. They have been left in limbo, feeling neglected and undervalued, because the funding they desperately need is being used as a carrot to pass controversial voucher legislation. If the public school funding had been adjusted for inflation since 2019, FISD could have provided a 3-4% raise for all employees each year since.

Enough is enough! Fund our schools!

Click here: p2a.co/SIYF6or

This week, the Texas House will consider House Bill 1 which includes a voucher system with universal eligibility for stu...
11/14/2023

This week, the Texas House will consider House Bill 1 which includes a voucher system with universal eligibility for students. According to the Legislative Budget Board, the voucher program will cost $2 billion in the second year of the program and grow each year. This creates a significant new financial commitment for the state while public schools remain underfunded by more than $14 billion.

With just a few clicks, you can tell lawmakers to focus on funding public schools instead of diverting taxpayer dollars to private entities. Click here: https://p2a.co/SIYF6or

Districts have been woefully underfunded as a result of record inflation and need more than $14 billion in new money to ...
11/14/2023

Districts have been woefully underfunded as a result of record inflation and need more than $14 billion in new money to match the buying power we had in 2019. Now, the Texas Legislature is in their 4TH called special session, and still haven't filed a bill that brings us back to 2019 funding levels. Enough is enough! Fund our schools now!

Frisco ISD Government Affairs is at the Capitol waiting to testify on HB 1. The bill provides desperately needed funding...
11/09/2023

Frisco ISD Government Affairs is at the Capitol waiting to testify on HB 1. The bill provides desperately needed funding that our schools may never see because it’s handcuffed private school subsidies, or vouchers.

Our students and teachers deserve better.

We’re asking legislators to consider public school funding and vouchers separately so that they can each pass or fail on their own merit instead of leveraging support for public schools to pass unpopular, controversial legislation.

We encourage you to share your thoughts and register your position on HB 1 through the
House Public Comments online portal here:
https://comments.house.texas.gov/home?c=c232

Governor Abbott announced on Oct 31 that he has reached an agreement with leadership in the House on legislation that wo...
11/01/2023

Governor Abbott announced on Oct 31 that he has reached an agreement with leadership in the House on legislation that would create a universal voucher program, and he expanded the call to include additional funding for public schools with under a week left in the special session.

There is an updated version of HB 1 that has not yet been shared. There are many steps that must be taken before the bill can pass, and it’s unclear if the bill has the votes or the time to pass this special session.

Read more about the expanded agenda: https://www.friscoisd.org/news/article/2023/10/25/texas-legislators-consider-school-vouchers-in-special-session

According to the Brookings Institution, a decade of studies on private school subsidies shows they actually hurt student...
10/23/2023

According to the Brookings Institution, a decade of studies on private school subsidies shows they actually hurt student achievement. Public tax dollars should be used to advance a public good, like improving student achievement.

Public schools build the future workforce that powers the supercharged Texas economy. There is no better return on inves...
10/20/2023

Public schools build the future workforce that powers the supercharged Texas economy. There is no better return on investment for the future of Texas!

Vouchers are about private school's choice, not student school choice. Public schools are proud to serve all the student...
10/18/2023

Vouchers are about private school's choice, not student school choice. Public schools are proud to serve all the students in our boundaries.

The Governor has called for vouchers for all school children in Texas. With over 1 million students having already chose...
10/16/2023

The Governor has called for vouchers for all school children in Texas. With over 1 million students having already chosen homeschool and private schools, his plan could cost up to $8 billion per year for students who already do not attend public schools. That's $8 billion less funding available for the more than 90% of students who have chosen public schools or property tax relief.

Those students deserve full funding for their schools before any discussion of diverting taxpayer money for private school subsidies.

The Comptroller is estimating a massive increase in state revenue over the next two years compared to the past two.There...
10/12/2023

The Comptroller is estimating a massive increase in state revenue over the next two years compared to the past two.

There is more than enough money to fully fund public education!

Governor Abbott announced a 30-day special session that began Monday to provide private school subsidies, also known as ...
10/10/2023

Governor Abbott announced a 30-day special session that began Monday to provide private school subsidies, also known as vouchers or education savings accounts. Public schools are underfunded by billions, and any available funding should be prioritized for teacher raises and to help schools pay the bills.

We'll continue sharing updates to keep you informed as the session progresses.

These committees are some of the best ways to be in contributing to FISD! Apply today by 11:59pm!
09/11/2023

These committees are some of the best ways to be in contributing to FISD! Apply today by 11:59pm!

REMINDER: Today is the last day to apply to serve on a District Committee.

If you are interested in making a positive impact on the Frisco ISD community by contributing to important decisions that will influence our District's future, apply now: https://ow.ly/Fx2P50PKbpa

We'll be looking for FISD Staff, students, parents and community members to serve on the Legislative Leadership Committe...
08/18/2023

We'll be looking for FISD Staff, students, parents and community members to serve on the Legislative Leadership Committee for the 2023-25 term! Mark your calendar to fill out the application when it opens on August 28!

Did you know you can influence change in FISD by joining a District Committee? Applications open on August 28. Visit https://ow.ly/FghU50PA8gi to learn more about the various options available to you!

It’s finally here! Check out our publication providing an overview of the 88th Texas Legislative Session and detailed bi...
06/27/2023

It’s finally here! Check out our publication providing an overview of the 88th Texas Legislative Session and detailed bill summaries of public education bills.

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06/14/2023

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Public schools are in jeopardy. Funding for inflation is being held hostage to pass vouchers. Schools can't pay bills an...
05/18/2023

Public schools are in jeopardy. Funding for inflation is being held hostage to pass vouchers. Schools can't pay bills and provide cost of living adjustments without this funding. Funding schools shouldn't be tied to vouchers. Contact key lawmakers now: bit.ly/fundtxschools

05/07/2023

The final unofficial results of the May 6 FISD School Board elections are in. Results are not official until canvassed on May 17.

05/06/2023

It's Election Day! Polls are open until 7pm, so don't forget to vote if you haven't already.

And follow Frisco ISD Government Affairs on Twitter and Facebook/Instagram stories to get live election results for the FISD Board of Trustees beginning after polls close.

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05/03/2023

Follow Frisco ISD Government Affairs for live Frisco ISD Trustee election results on Saturday, May 6 after 7PM as they become available from Collin and Denton Counties.

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Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! ​​Today, Frisco Independent School District joins other North Texas districts to make an emergen...
05/01/2023

Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! ​​Today, Frisco Independent School District joins other North Texas districts to make an emergency plea to our parents, teachers, staff, and other community members to ask legislators to fully fund schools. With only one month left in the legislative session, now is the time for our voices to be heard before the session ends on May 29.

The budget currently being negotiated by state lawmakers leaves Texas public schools $7 billion short of what is needed to cover inflation since 2019. Schools want to be able to give meaningful raises to our staff, but we also have to pay the bills to keep the lights on and the gas in the tank of our school buses. Because of inflation, the current budget proposal does not allow most school districts to do both.

Please reach out to your lawmaker using the link below. It only takes 15 seconds to send a respectful message that seeks more funding for our schools.

Did you know the Legislative Budget Board’s latest Fiscal Size-Up estimates public education funding in 2022 is the same...
04/28/2023

Did you know the Legislative Budget Board’s latest Fiscal Size-Up estimates public education funding in 2022 is the same as it was in 2014 when adjusting for inflation, but schools don’t get to pay 2014 prices for goods and services.

Because of inflation, the amount of money the state is projecting for revenue in 2024-2025 is 26% higher than in 2022-2023. Taxpayers and schools both need relief and the state has the money to help us all. Frisco Independent School District adopted a deficit budget this year for the first time in its history, specifically to address the need to increase employee compensation.

The state budget needs to include $14.5 billion for increased per-student funding to return funding to 2019 levels. So far, the budget only includes $7.4 billion. That doesn’t fulfill the promise made in 2019. Now’s the time to call your legislators.

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