Join us tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.
Please join us for our upcoming update for members on Wednesday, November 17, at 2:00 p.m. We'll gather on Zoom to discuss the outcomes from the special sessions, the impact of the new legislative maps for the session in 2023, outcomes and lessons learned from the school district elections in 2021, and of course recapture. Hope to see you there!
Operational Minutes Adjustment
The Texas Education Agency recently released details regarding assistance for districts with low attendance rates at the beginning of the 2021-22 school year. If it helps provide additional funding, TEA will adjust ADA for the first six weeks of the school year according to the attendance rate that is the lesser of either the first six weeks of SY 2019-20 or the average of the final three six weeks grading periods from SY 2021-22.

Will that help your district? It’s hard to say at this time as attendance rates for the second semester of the current school year are unknown. Attendance rates are known for the 2019-20 school year, so you could start there. 

If your district is struggling with lower than usual enrollment (as opposed to attendance), then this waiver will not be as helpful. It addresses low attendance rates.

No districts will be granted low attendance waivers for the first six weeks of the 2021-22 school year, as this new adjustment will be used during that time period instead. At this time, the remaining five six-week grading periods do not qualify for the adjustment, so low attendance waivers are available and may be granted, so that certain days during that period are excluded from the calculation of ADA. 

In case you missed those election results
We sent election results from the November 2 election around a couple of weeks ago, and we've made a few updates since that time as more information became available.

School District Bond Elections
Out of the 63 districts we’re aware of with bond elections this November, 37 districts (59%) saw at least one proposition pass. Out of the total of 111 propositions proposed by districts statewide, 52 (47%) were approved by voters. In total, $5.25 billion was approved of the $8.69 billion proposed, coming in with 60% approval of the total dollar amount.

You can see all the details behind that here: November 2021 Bond Election Results

Voter-Approval Tax Rate Elections (VATRE)
To our knowledge, there were a total of 19 districts that sought approval from voters for additional Tier II pennies. 15 of the 19 (79%) received approval from local voters. 

You can see all the details behind that here: 2021 VATR Election Results
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