Originally delivered on 10/2/2018 3:10 pm

SUBJECT: Legislative Newsletter 10_2_18

October 2, 2018


Learn about candidates' positions before the election! The public is invited to a free nonpartisan candidate forum on Saturday, October 6, 10:30-3:00 at the Collin College Spring Creek conference center, 2800 Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano 75074. Find more information HERE, including the detailed schedule and which candidates will participate.


This free nonpartisan meet-and-greet is open to the public.  Register at www.planochamber.org.


When and where can you vote?

Who and what will be on your ballot?

  • Enter your address into www.vote411.org to see a personalized ballot, including candidates' responses to questions.
  • TX-PTA asked public education questions to US Senate candidates Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke. Watch the video responses.
  • Review the 3 Collin County bond propositions worth a total of $750 million.  Here is more information from the County Commissioners, including a presentation and a FAQ.


The PTA Legislative Chairs helped register 54 voters at Plano West and Plano East high schools. Thanks to the PWSH Student Congress for excellent partnership. The voter registration deadline is October 9. Check HERE to see if you are registered to vote.


Recommendations are now available from the Expenditures Working Group of the Texas Commission on Public School Finance.  The list includes removing the cost-of-education-index, using current property values for wealth-per-student calculations, and more. Download the report HERE.


Here is the Long-Range Plan for Public Education in Texas. It includes goals for student & family engagement and empowerment, as well as educator preparation, recruitment, and retention. The State Board of Education will finalize the plan in November.


The House Committee on Public Education released a school safety report. It calls for a balance of prevention, planning, and preparedness. The recommendations include social emotional learning/character education for all students, mental health resources, and emergency response training.  Here is the complete report.


Right before an election, there are many opportunities to be involved in politics. This is just a reminder that it is important to remain politically neutral when you are representing PTA or presenting yourself as a PTA member.  As a nonpartisan organization, the PTA does not support or oppose any political party or candidate.


Everyone is invited to attend the next PISD Council of PTAs delegate meeting on Tuesday, October 16, at 10:00 in the PISD Administration Building Boardroom at 2700 W 15th Street.