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What is the criteria for being considered “wealthy” by the State?
si un niño falta ala escuela pero es una falta justificada la escuela recibe los fondos de esas faltas justificadas
Can we do a similar comparison with other district in the state that have a large amount of their funds recaptured ?
This has been going on since 1994. Those formulas are very outdated. When will this change? Our schools do not reflect property rich.
How much or what percentage is spent on maintenance of facilities?
Is that short fall before or after the fiscal year begins ?Not sure if my question makes sense
I have the same question as @Cuitlahuac
In order to change the formulas, the Legislature would have to have a dramatic change of heart.
what's the total payroll amount for central administration staff?
I’d like to see a bar chart with our range of employee salaries
"Districts have to make recapture payments when the local revenue generated from taxable property wealth exceeds the per student guaranteed funding level." source: https://everytexan.org/images/EO_2018_RecaptureExplained.pdf
y por que si somos un distrito "RICO" tenemos escuelas tan pobre
Can you restate the tax sources of local funds, please?
Will these slides be available after the presentation?
En todos los presupuesto tiene que haber un fondo de emergencia, como en este caso que paso lo de la pandemia, debe de considerarse un fondo de emergencias para satisfacer las necesidades.
What is the district doing to work with the legislature to get a change in formula. We can't meet student need or facilities maintenance.
Would splitting into smaller districts like the San Antonio area reduce the amount of money taken through Recapture?
I want to second Lisa Flores question as well as Leak Kelly’s question
In that comparison of recapture payments, is AISD’s a higher amount, a higher percentage of our tax income, or both compared to those other districts?
That was a high projection leaving AISD teachers without a much needed raise
Emily - yes to both
I also have the same question as Lisa F. We have $8643 per student to spend and Eanes has $11,792 based on how much each district keeps for number enrolled. Why?
Walk us through how those enrollment projections are made please. Again, perhaps working with the legislature with neighboring districts to make the budgeting calendar less dependent on guestimation.
The district lobbies every leg session to change this and there has been no decrease. Texas politics are horrible. Deficits every year since I’ve had students in this district. 15 years on my count. So, we have low staffing. Vicious circle.
Yes Angela, the end goal for many in leadership is to break public ed.
Leah’s question is a solution that has floated around for a few years. It is time to act if the the tex leg won’t change their outdated formula.
Link to view presentation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1a4gaKTqiqifym5oG2BUYtyeyhk5luiAP/view?usp=sharing
Is it possible to examine the salaries of central office employees compared to those of our teachers? Is that info online? Is there a chart of wage increase similar to teachers?
Yup Lisa, since desegregation laws.
Enlace para ver la presentación: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1a4gaKTqiqifym5oG2BUYtyeyhk5luiAP/view?usp=sharing
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If we split into smaller districts, they could still collaborate on some functions, right? Like transportation and maybe food service.
A good article from 2019 on why the recapture system isn't going anywhere: https://www.texastribune.org/2019/01/31/texas-robin-hood-recapture-villain-texas-fix-school-finance/
Yes Angela, and now we have a newly created position , a “Chief Officer of Governmental Relations” so it would be nice to know what that position is doing in terms of governmental relations
It would also be great to know where or how the ESSR funds were used
When will the public get any information about special education budget? Can there be more transparency about the cost of contractors vs staff and for the cumulative cost of all legal fees associated with special education versus the cost of instruction?
Why is money collected by billing Medicaid for special education students put back into the general budget and not used directly for special education students?
I know why Leah- because they actually have to render more accounting if they do not repay general fund. ideally, that should be reversed.
Who is second highest ?
I maintain that the only way out of the budget mess is to adopt broad, large-scale fundraising, seeking individual/grant/corporate philanthropy that builds endowments to support operational program needs (not salaries). It's a long play but I doubt the state will change its educational funding philosophy in our lifetimes.
This is what makes charter schools so financially painful. We lose $ per child, but it also skews the ratio of property value: students, which increases our recapture amount. The icing on the cake is that OUR recapture dollars fund these same charter schools.
If we are considered property rich, and our budget is over $40+ million in the negative, why is our tax rate lower than average? We shouldn't freeze staff positions or cut programs, that does not benefit our schools or our students. Our teachers are already underpaid.
How can that me 16% if payroll was 86%
Is there a key to the public for accounting functions used?
Wouldn't splitting districts more evenly distribute the recapture money to the eco dis population?
The funds being used to search the social media of educators- could we reevaluate whether this is a real need or can the money be used towards education or teacher pay.
@april Some of it might be overlap- custodial would be payroll but also might count as operations
Susan Delgado - remember that the slide earlier noted that just because a tax rate is lower does not mean the money collected is lower. This is due to very high property values.
I would like clarification on how much of the budget goes to maintenance alone, the numbers don't add up if payroll is 86% and operating is only 2%
I’d like that information too. Where can we find it or how can we expect to receive it?
Mrs. Miller - every district employee's salary is public information. You can find it with a google search even if the district doesn't supply it.
That should be public but if it’s only 3% that doesn’t really matter at this point. You need a salary to live in this city. That’s an old argument. The real enemy is the state legislature and the enactment of the recapture.
How about a Google doc with questions and answers?
Hi Erika, we have an FAQ up at austinisd.org/budget. We will compile questions form this meeting and cross check that page
sounds good :)
Is that true? Aren’t property taxes still much higher in certain parts of Austin than others?
NO property values are not uniform across the district, nor the number of school-aged children
I second Angela Dunn. I am in favor of supporting or teachers and staff and trying to focus on policy change. The state legislature is the challenge
How can we see budgets per campus?
Between 2004-2019, AISD lost more than $3.7 billion to the state via recapture. The next highest district during that span of time, Plano ISD, lost more than $1.8 billion.
Is the ESSER plan set in stone. Seems like there needs to be a pivot for more supports to teachers and students.
@Erika we will talk about that shortly :)
I agree with Lisa H. The response to the question about splitting into smaller districts seems very simplistic especially since there is a wide range of property values across the city.
The only issue with breaking up into smaller districts is that a lot of the low income schools are in gentrified areas, whose kids go to either the magnet schools in the district, transfer to a west side school, or go to charter schools, so those areas are probably still considered "Rich" areas based on all the affluent people who live on the eastside, but those aren't the students attending the eastside schools.
mi pregunta es la Recaptura que se regresa el 49.7 % al Estado ??? por que debemos de regresar este dinero??, donde aplica este dinero el Estado ??? si todos los anos hay inflacion, tambien aplican el % de inflacion en los presupuestos de la educacion ??
I don't believe that is a thorough or accurate explanation of how recapture would affect budgeting. As others have said property values are not consistent across all areas. Students in lower property value areas would be benefitted.
Does this include contractors?
What is the total cost of contractors?
Brian, I guess we need to re evaluate transfer policies and magnet programs as one approach to becoming a more equitable district that serves all students well.
Lisa - the trouble with using ESSER funds for salaries is that the money is not renewable, so teachers would have to see a pay cut again the year after the ESSER funds were expended. Also, there are limitations as to how ESSER funds can be spent. This is a high-level description of the approved categories: https://tasanet.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/TalkingPoints-2021-fed-stimulus.pdf
Even just pulling out a teeny downtown "donut hole" district
Do we know how much money is lost to 313 corporate tax abatement every year?
What exactly is the vehicle to measure " student need" when it comes to staffing?
I noticed it’s not possible to save the chat which is a bummer because the chat is happenin’
Maybe these special programs like fine arts should be re located to campuses losing the most staff as a result of the districts strategic staffing model ?
That question is for gen ed and special ed.
@susan Delgado, we have a lower tax rate because of how the recapture formula works. If we raise our tax rate, we only get to keep a tiny fraction of that money, even less than the overall 50 or so percent we keep overall. It’s a graduated rate so we keep a certain amount per student plus the weights, any money we raise above that, it’s diminishing returns so we don’t want to raise taxes because the juice isn’t worth the squeeze so to say
Thanks Ali for that explanation
Can you talk about how DL programs are funded?
I will argue that Fine Arts is not a "special program." It's a mandatory subject area like English, Math, Science, etc.
So how much do we spend on special ed? The dollar amount? How are teachers paid according to funding?
Are the enrollment snapshot numbers available somewhere by campus?
I agree Charles. My question is through the lens or context of funding
@ericka Rodin, let me see if I can change that feature with the chat
CACs need more time and training re budgets. It’s tough for parents to comment on a campus Budget in the 5 minutes I get to read it over at a CAC meeting. At this point, it’s often just a check box.
Are special education substitutes paid out of SPED budget? Isn't it a misappropriation of funds for SPED subs to routinely be used to fill other vacant positions and leave SPED MORE underserved?
CACs don't have data needed about special populations.
Say more about BTO vs campus improvement plan (as far as budget).
Absolutely Charles. All middle and high school students should have access to Art, Dance, Music, Theater, et al. Our enrollment, our attendance, our student interest in schools, and our standardized test scores would also go up.
I was told that our campus doesn't use the AISD CAC membership application and doesn't operate "formally" How can I become apply for CAC membership?
Not all campuses have Council Advisory Communties or child study teams.
Como se determina el monto de ingresos para cada escuela ?? tienen alguna diferencia si la escuela esta al Norte, Sur , Este o Oeste ?? Influye el valor de las propiedades en la cuestion de los ingresos a cada escuela ??
What would be a community process to support/empower CACs to be in a position to do more/deeper/better analysis and recommendations of the campus budget?
CACs should be apprised of all private funding coming in at the campus level as well (PTA, grants, enrichment fees, booster clubs, etc). And this should all be included on every campus website.
Most of the budget is already almost all decided once it gets to the campus level because all of it comes in the form of pre determined staffing allocations. Is there opportunities for the community to engage in the budget decisions related to staffing allocations?
Who does that? What is the vehicle?
What is the % that we pay on stipends, SpEd, Bilingual, etc? Will these continue in the future?
Is it software or is it a person doing it?
I don’t want the district to split. But I don’t feel the district answered that question accurately about how it would impact the finances across the city. And honestly with the picture this is painting, it feels like the only solution to help the educationally disadvantaged schools, which is concerning. Unless the district has some magical ace up their sleeve.
If the fund balance trend remains as projected, what happens in 2024 or 2025 when the required fund balance is higher than actuals?
Is there a way for us to reduce the funds that go to the State for recapture? Nearly 50% is a lot and we need it. It’s especially disturbing not knowing that the state is not legally obligated to use it toward education.
To Amber’s point, why ask for parent feedback if it is already basically set? Engage us before that, or let us spend our time and admin time elsewhere.
Ms. Stephens, very respectfully, that measures bodies, not need.
Is it impossible to change the budget during the school year? Changing PTA budget isn’t that difficult but it seems like school budgets are different. Like others are asking here, when does community feedback actually happen?
Agree with Emily. All sources of funding need to be transparent.
Do the students who are generating staff actually have access to those staff members?
What are some actions we in AISD can take to actually case change
Ok, Leslie’s point is good. Rerun formula when you have human bodies. Levelling moves staff.
leveling based on only numbers really misses the actual NEED of students. a program or placement doesn't tell you that.
I second Nhi and am deeply concerned that AISD is possibly being taken advantage of, and our students and staff are losing out
YES Lisa, so true.
There is also no class limits for self contained classrooms and there can be K-5 in the same class.
We are also continuing to lose teachers to resignation this school year. Are these faculty getting an exit interview, and is the district taking actionable change to understand why they felt the need to leave mid-year?
To Mary’s question, it would be great if the district used parent power in advocacy more strategically. With all due respect, legislative priorities need to be stronger and parents need to be leveraged to use our power to change things!
Thank you for that answer, but my question was more about how community can influence staffing allocations not how they work or how to get more information on them
leveling takes into account of the total number of students in school and not look at special programs.
Agree with Emily S.
creo que la recaptura es uno de los grandes problemas en los ingresos para la educacion, desde hace anos vemos deficit en los prespuestos escolares, la recaptura es en donde no hay transparencia en los ingresos.
Mary, AISD and its students, families, and staff have been taken advantage of since 2004. In my opinion, there is no budgeting trick that gets us out of this. Seeking funding/resources from outside the school funding system is the only answer.
@Emily We, parents have been testifying for years and move in a group to lobby these legislators. Again, they do not care about adjusting their ways. It’s terrible in this state.
Emily, agreed!! We need to be a vocal and organized collective to advocate for our schools
The gap at CAC isn't information. At least up here, the CAC members bring plenty of relevant and useful experience at the overall task of advising the campus. But they are not budget analysts! What would a community process be to bring in that skill to support/empower the CAC members?
Charles, that already happens at affluent schools through private fundraising for those specific schools and does not help those schools most in need.
There is certainly a lot of evidence of not caring from TX Lege these days
Yes, we lobby and testify, but not in vast numbers and not always on the most strategic issues, IMO.
How will AISD budget or plan for a better means to staff schools that is based on need, not numbers?
@Emily, I know, it get worse every time.
Valerie, I'm referring to fundraising by and on behalf of the entire district. Campus by campus efforts are small potatoes and will not make a difference.
Is there a way to take this past state legislature and go direct for Federal funds or somehow appeal to a Federal level about this misuse (my words, not speaking for anyone else).
Agree Emily. A lot of people here are just learning about this problem. That means the district/community is failing to educate the public on the impact of this policy and the need for change.
I hope we can look at MANY different ideas and not limit thinking to only one possible solution.
I agree Leah! Do we have sister PTAs, CAC, etc we can reach out to?
As we wrap up I want to say thank you to everyone who showed up today to explain things to us. You are in a tough spot, and I recognize that.
Concentration of need creates different issues, as well.
I know we weren't able to get to everyone's questions tonight. If we didn't get to yours, please feel free to contact me, Gabriella Beker at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also check this chat after the meeting and use it to update our FAQs at austinisd.org/budget
What about schools that got cut from the 2017 bond changes that were promised? Is the money completely gone and if you didn’t get what was promised, too bad? Where is AISD’s accountability with that?
@Mary the ACPTA and TEXASPTA are where you should go. We need more people to address this issue. www.acpta.org
Austin Council of PTAs.
Link to tonight’s presentation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1a4gaKTqiqifym5oG2BUYtyeyhk5luiAP/view?usp=sharing
Mary, I believe state law prevents federal funding from being directly disbursed to local school districts. As I understand it, the state instead receives those funds and distributes them to schools (or not - see https://www.raiseyourhandtexas.org/policy/stimulus-funding).
What kinds of funds come from the federal level ( I know a bit about title1, but what else is there?
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@erika, we are working on preparing a report out of where 2017 bond funds that didn’t make it to schools we closed have been reallocated. We’ll be sure to publish that information widely when it’s available
Thank you all for your presence here this evening!
I look forward to more open opportunities like this.(CACs are closed membership.)