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District Leaders,

Thank you for all the work you’re doing on behalf of Texas students! We have an important request regarding federal education stimulus dollars. As you know, with the passage of the American Rescue Plan, the total amount of federal COVID relief funds being sent to Texas public schools will surpass $19 billion. State leaders used the first $1.3 billion to fill other budget holes last summer, but $17.9 billion from the second and third rounds of federal stimulus remains on the table. However, it is not guaranteed that all of these dollars will make it to school districts, or even to public education at all — despite the intent of federal lawmakers.

TASA and Raise Your Hand Texas are working together to ensure state leaders know that federal dollars are needed in school districts now — and that district leaders have a plan for how those dollars could be meaningfully and responsibly spent. During a recent round of meetings with key legislators, we found that brief, locally developed documents outlining districts’ plans for federal funds were the best received tool we had to make this case.

Several of your colleagues from around the state put together these plans for their districts. We’re asking you to do the same. We’ve created a template to make the process easy; customized district documents are welcome as well.

Here’s how:

Active-level TASA members, also please plan to join us at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 1, for a special TASA Live Virtual Event focused on this issue. Watch for details in TASA Daily and an email invitation with a link to register for the event.

Thank you for your contributions. Significant funding resources are available to help our districts recover and rebound from the pandemic; speaking together with a unified voice gives us the best possible shot at making sure those resources reach our students.

-TASA Executive Director Kevin Brown, Ed.D.