ESSER Funds and District Planning

Brian Woods, Superintendent, Northside ISD
HD Chambers, Superintendent, Alief ISD
Mike Kuhrt, Superintendent, Wichita Falls ISD

Learn how districts plan to use their upcoming ESSER funds. Hear about their process of developing the plan with their central office and campuses, and how they plan to engage the community while spending these funds transparently.

Public Schools and the Local Charter Fight

Ellen Williams, TASA Governmental Relations Consultant
Patti Everett, Texas Kids Can’t Wait
Cameron Vickrey, Associate Director, Pastors for Texas Children
Michael Cardona, Superintendent, San Marcos CISD

This session will explore the timeline and process for response when charters come into your community. Hear from a district, legislative, and advocacy perspective and help empower local advocates in engaging the community in response to the charter narrative.

Hot Topics in Texas School Budgeting

Amanda Brownson, Associate Executive Director of Policy & Research, Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO)

This session will focus on budget issues that emerged in the 87th legislative session as well as federal COVID-related funding issues. We will pay particular attention to tax rate adoption and tax compression, federal ESSER funding rules and best practices, and emerging fund balance issues.