*** CAPITOL UPDATE ***
Area School Districts Awarded Highest Rating By State Comptroller
AUSTIN — Four school districts in Senate District Two were recently awarded five stars by the Texas comptroller's office due to significant TAKS score improvement and low school expenditures. Mesquite, Sunnyvale and Cedar Hill school districts were recognized with the highest rating in addition to Garland, which also earned the honor of being the largest school district in north Texas on the list.
The new rating system was introduced by Comptroller Susan Combs to reward schools for outstanding performance while taking in to account expenditures per student. Education spending currently accounts for 44 percent of the state budget, but with a large deficit looming, Combs believes school districts can achieve nearly $1 billion in savings. The comptroller's office sent each district a report that included additional ways to save money which included the use of electronic textbooks and increasing some class sizes.
Of more than 1,200 school districts across the state, only 43 received a five-star rating putting them in the top 3.8 percent of school districts statewide.
New Office Location
For the many constituents that I hope will visit us during the legislative session, I want to remind you that our office recently moved -- but not far. We are now directly across the hall from our old office in E1.704. For those of you who have never visited us, we are located on the first floor of the Capitol Extension which can be accessed through the main Capitol building. If you would like to schedule a meeting, need directions or have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us using the information below.
To contact Sen. Deuell about the legislative process or if you have a suggestion for a future Capitol Update, please contact the Capitol Office at (512) 463-0102 or send mail to Sen. Bob Deuell, Texas Senate, P.O. Box 12068, Austin, TX 78711. The website for the Texas Senate is www.senate.state.tx.us. The e-mail address for Sen. Deuell is: firstname.lastname@example.org.