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Get your IMA money up front!
 
Call in support of HB1474
 
Texas Capitol
 
VanDeaver's bill would
front-load IMA funds

 
The Texas House of Representatives takes up House Bill 1474 on Monday (May 4), and IMCAT is urging educators to contact their representatives to support the bill.

The bill, authored by Rep. Gary Van Deaver at the request of IMCAT, requires the Texas Education Agency to distribute schools' Instructional Materials Allotments in the first year of the biennium.

Currently, the State Board of Education authorizes a distribution from the massive Public School Fund for the biennium. Half of that distribution goes into the Instructional Materials Fund, and the T.E.A. parcels that out to schools over the two years of the state budget.

HB1474 would give the total Instructional Materials Allotments to schools in the first year of the biennium. That gives schools more flexibility on how to spend their allotments and also allows for situations like this biennium where schools must purchase a huge amount of materials in the first year (Proclamation 2015). There's no Proclamation 2016.

CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TODAY and tell them you support HB1474.

Make sure to emphasize that the money is already appropriated. There's disagreement whether this will require the state to lose some interest income and if so, how much. Worst case: the state will have to make up a sum equal to about 35 cents a student.

Not sure who represents you in the Texas House? You can find out at

http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx
 
 
 
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Kellie Skarda, Goose Creek CISD 


President-Elect
 
Abel Villarreal, Corpus Christi ISD

Treasurer
 
KK Korelich, Judson ISD 

Secretary
 
Betty Adamson, Victoria ISD

 
Immediate Past President
 
Susan Lenox, Plano ISD  


 
Tony Black, Whitehouse ISD
Sonia Blanco, East Central ISD
 
John Bridges, Fort Bend ISD
Cherie Crews, Keller ISD
Doricell Davis, Dimmitt ISD
Misty Fisher, Duncanville ISD
Donna Freer, Advantage Academy
 
Erica Gruber, Humble ISD
Nikki Joslin, Royal ISD
Donna McGuire, New Diana ISD
Rosa Ojeda, Waller ISD
 
Kathryn Rey, Lewisville ISD
Wayne Schaper,
          Spring Branch ISD
Kim Slough, Abilene ISD
 

Matt Tyner, Dallas ISD

Nicole Ware-Smith, Houston ISD

 

 
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