85(R) - 2017
Relating to the commissioner of education accepting contributions
for the public school system, adopting rules regarding grant
compliance, and establishing grants for high-quality educational
Assuming the grant program is fully funded with donations, there would be no significant
impact to the state. The agency is not required to implement the legislation in the absence of an
As noted below, the biennial cost of the program is estimated to be $12.3 million; to the extent
insufficient donations are collected, these costs could be borne by General Revenue or other state
funds. As the scope of the grant program in the legislation is broad, costs could be higher or lower
depending on actual program implementation.
The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of
funds to implement the provisions of the bill.
SB 1659 would establish a new grant program for school districts in order for them to implement high quality educational programs and would establish a method by which the commissioner of TEA can ensure compliance by grant recipients with conditions of grants.
Vote Recommendation Notes
Implementing a process that holds districts accountable to conditions of grants is something that would positively affect our principle of limited government by increasing transparency and accountability of funds awarded by the state to local districts. Conversely, the establishment of a new grant program to encourage high quality education, something districts should already be seeking to achieve, is a provision that seems counterintuitive and contrary to our limited government principle. For these competing reasons, we remain neutral on SB 1659.