Budget Boot Camp
TASA’s redesigned Budget Boot Camp was conducted for the first time in conjunction with the 2020 TASA Midwinter Conference to help school leaders with the implementation of House Bill 3 (2019), which contained the most significant changes to the state’s funding structure for public schools in decades. The boot camp is offered annually; the next one will be held in conjunction with the 2021 TASA Midwinter Conference.
About the Boot Camp
Complete and/or update the latest release of the state funding template under guided instruction.
Project state and local revenue for the previous, current, and future school years for current and future planning purposes.
Monitor the under/over payment of Foundation School Fund state aid for the current school year.
Ask questions and dialogue about other school finance-related items of interest.
Boot Camp Facilitators
Dr. Tracy Ginsburg
Executive Director, TASBO
The executive director of TASBO since 2013, Tracy Ginsburg has also served as chief financial officer for Round Rock ISD and Fort Bend ISD. She served as the TASBO Board president in 2007-08 and was TASBO’s Commitment to Excellence Winner in 2011. In 2013, ASBO International named her its Eagle Award recipient, the group’s top individual honor.
Research & Policy Associate, TASBO
Janét Spurgin came to TASBO from the Legislative Budget Board, where she managed the Public Education Data Analysis team. She has a long history of building and maintaining school financial data models used to calculate state aid and developing tools to evaluate education funding proposals. Janét also worked for 19 years at TEA in the Divisions of School Finance and Fiscal Analysis, Interagency Coordination, Research and Program Evaluation, and Governmental Relations.
Dr. Amanda Brownson
Associate Executive Director of Governmental Relations, TASBO
Amanda Brownson has worked in public education for 25 years and in Texas school finance for 15. She served as the director of State Funding at TEA, where she oversaw the distribution of the state’s nearly $20 billion Foundation School Program. Prior to that, she worked as a consultant at Moak, Casey & Associates, where she assisted school districts with revenue projection, conducted research, and provided legislative support.
Investment Banker, BOK Financial Services
Omar Garcia is part of a team at BOK Financial Services, a public finance firm and a subsidiary of BOK Financial Corp., that offers underwriting and financial advisory services on school district bond issues and related matters. He served as director of statewide school finance at the Region 13 ESC for nine years and was employed by TEA for 28 years, holding various positions, including working in the Audit Division for four years. He retired in 2002 as the senior director of the Division of State Funding after 24 years of service in that division.
Budget Boot Camp offers four hours of Continuing Professional Education credit.
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