Texas School Alliance

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The Texas School Alliance is a government sector lobbying association in Texas. It is a 501(c)(6) organization.[1] Founded in 1990, the TSA represents 29 of the more diverse, larger school districts that educate about a third of all Texas students on the whole, as well as one third of Texas minority students.[2] TSA opposes the use of public funds on school voucher programs.[3]

Taxpayer-funded lobbying

See also: Texas government sector lobbying

The Texas School Alliance has registered lobbyists, using the services of Moak, Casey, and Associates and Hillco Partners.[4][5] Local governments, like the Dallas Independent School District, pay membership dues to belong to the association.

Income and expenses

Texas School Alliance
Year Total expenses Total income Membership dues
(included in total income)
2006[1] $376,028 $401,391 $376,220
2005[6] $360,149 $405,319 $387,100
2004[7] $353,752 $385,385 $375,200

Note: Tax years begin September 1 in the current year and end August 31 the following year.

Grading floors

The Texas School Alliance is opposed to the removal of grading floors, which prohibit school districts from awarding less than a certain percentage to a student for a grade.[8] These range from 50 to as high as 70 percent.[8] According to a spokesperson, doing so would infringe upon local control of schools and remove a safety net for weaker students and for students transitioning between schools.[8]

The alliance lost, however, as the Texas Senate voted that school districts could no longer require a minimum grade for students.[9]

Membership

See also: Texas School Alliance membership list

References