Brock ISD board of trustees passed their legislative priorities during their meeting Monday evening at Brock High School.
The priorities are split into three parts: local public schools and local governance, safety and security, and local accountability.
The local public schools and local governance section states that the Texas Legislature should invest more funding into public education. The district advocates for an equitable funding system “that reduces the state’s overreliance on recapture and property value increase,” according to the priorities document. The district supports local discretion on spending.
The district opposes diverting tax dollars from public schools to fund private schools.
This section also stated that Brock ISD advocates for more funding toward the Teacher Retirement System and continued TRS’s defined benefit pension program.
The safety and security section states that the district supports additional and ongoing funding from the state for safety and security measures while providing flexibility to districts to make decisions based on specific needs.
“Brock ISD supports legislation that addresses the increasing demand for safety, security and mental health support while opposing unfunded mandates,” according to the priorities document.
On local accountability, the district stated that it supports “an assessment and accountability system that values student growth and performance over one of high-stakes, standardized testing.”
Brock ISD advocates for a locally developed system that provides meaningful assessments that students and parents value and “looks beyond high-stakes, multiple-choice exams.” The assessments would measure what communities find important about promoting college, workforce and career readiness.
The local accountability section also calls for the elimination of rating districts and campuses A-F.
The priorities were approved as written without changes or edits, Brock ISD Superintendent Cade Smith said.
Trustees also approved adding vape or nicotine testing to the current Brock ISD Drug Testing Policy, Smith said. They previously discussed this topic at their meeting last month.
The addition of nicotine would cost $1 more per test, which moves up the cost to $20.50, Brock ISD Athletic Director Chad Massey said in a previous interview.
The district’s policy is to randomly drug test students in grades 7-12, including those involved in extracurriculars. The goal is to prevent student drug use, Massey said. The tests have been successful during the past four years that they have been in practice.