Our Schools

Legislative Priorities

The 86th legislative session convened Jan. 8, 2019. The purpose of this webpage is to inform the community about the priorities Mansfield ISD has regarding budgeting and other legislative priorities.

Priorities (Choose 3 to 4)

  • Keeping funding with public schools (from property taxes)
    • Public schools are funded by both local taxes and state revenue. Even though property taxes are rising the state is keeping the property taxes and only sending a portion back to fund school districts.
  • Allowing local governance to decide how tax dollars are being spent
    • Instead of the state government determining how tax payer money is spent, we support local governments allocating funds so that the community gets funds placed where it needs it most.
  • Mental Health and Special Education
    • We support better funding towards campus-based mental health and special education programs.
  • Safety
    • We support funding towards better safety procedures and programs for public schools.
  • Transportation
    • We support better transportation options for public school.
  • Full-Day Kindergarten Funding
  • Update the Cost of Education Index (CEI)
    • CEI is the mechanism that Texas uses to adjust Foundation program calculations to compensate for variations in resource costs and costs of education beyond the control of school districts. The CEI has not been updated since 1989-1990.
  • Stakes on State Assessments
    • Reducing the weight on standardized tests and replacing them with national collegiate tests.


  • Unfunded Mandates
    • Any unfunded mandates and infringements on local control
  • Privatization of Public Education
    • Any use of public funds for vouchers, tax credits, education savings grants, portability measures, or any other transfer mechanisms to privatize public education

Important Dates:

  • Monday, Nov. 12, 2018: First day to file bills for the 86th Legislative Session
  • Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019: Start of 86th Legislative Session
  • Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019: Inauguration of the governor and lieutenant governor
  • Friday, March 8, 2019: Last day to file bills for the 86th Legislative Session
  • Monday, May 27, 2019 (140th day): Last day of 86th Legislature (sine die)

Contact Your Representative:

Congressman Ron Wright
U.S. Congressional District 6
5840 West Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway
Suite 115
Arlington, TX 76017
(202) 225-2002

Representative William 'Bill' Zedler
Texas House District 96
5840 West Interstate 20 Suite #110
Arlington, TX 76017

Senator Beverly Powell
Texas Senate District 10
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711
(512) 463-0110

Ms. Patricia Hardy
State Board of Education District 11
1109 Roaring Springs Road
Fort Worth, TX 76114
(817) 732-1786

Senator John Cornyn
U.S. Senate
517 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-2934

Senator Ted Cruz
U.S. Senate
Lee Park Tower II
3626 N. Hall St.
Suite 410
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 599-8749

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