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From the Office of the Superintendent

 

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For Immediate Release
Texas Supreme Court Upholds Constitutionality of School Finance System

 

Today, the Texas Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the state’s school finance system, which overrules a challenge brought by SISD – along with over 600 school districts across Texas. The decision will drastically affect how adequately schools are funded in the State of Texas.


The decision reverses a 2014 trial court’s ruling that the school finance decision violated the Texas Constitution. 

“Although SISD respects the Texas Supreme Court’s authority, we are disappointed the Court reversed the decision by the lower court today,” Superintendent Doug Williams said.  “This decision sends the signal that while state requirements on school districts continue to grow, the state believes students are funded adequately. This decision was reached while education funding in the state lags far below national averages.”

According to Williams, SISD anticipates the loss of funding beginning in the 2017 - 2018 school year due to elimination of Additional State Aid for Tax Reduction (ASATR) funds.  The school district has been preparing for this loss of funds but was hopeful for a favorable decision by the Supreme Court, which would have helped offset the loss of ASATR funds.

 

SISD has been an active participant in the current fight for adequate school finance since it began in 2011, after the Texas State Legislature cut $5.4 billion in public education funding from the state budget, while increasing demands for students to perform more rigorously in the classroom.  The lawsuit represents the longest legal battle over school finance in state history.

“Regardless of this ruling, the SISD Board of Trustees and Administration will continue to fight for our students,” Williams said. “We know the needs of our 21st-century learners and will continue to do everything in our power to help our students prepare for their future.”  


State Track
 

Lady Raider Track and Field

STATE CHAMPIONS

Lauren Brown 
2nd Place - 4x1
4th Place - Triple Jump 
5th Place - 4X2

Jeanae Demus
2nd Place - 4x1
5th Place - 4X2

Caira Pettway
State Champion - 100 meter
State Champion - Long Jump
2nd Place - 4x1
5th Place - 4X2

Kinsley Troutman 
2nd Place - 4x1
5th Place - 4X2

Alternates: Mary-Kate Hisaw, Landry Hunter 


 Men's Track

State Runners Up for Raider Men's Track

Joel Ennin
State Champions - 4X4 
3rd Place - 4X2

Chima Enyinna
State Champions - 4X4
3rd Place - 4X2

Julius Kirven
State Champions - 4X4 
3rd Place - 4X2

Colton Troutman
State Champions - 4X4 
2nd Place - 200m
3rd Place-  4X2

Alternates: Jonathan Ennin, Chibu Enyinna



 SUNNYVALE -- 2016 BEST COMMUNITIES FOR MUSIC EDUCATION
BCME  
For the fourth consecutive year, Sunnyvale has been named one of the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. Out of the nation’s 13,515 school districts only 476 school districts across the United States are given this honor.

--"BCME recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who work together to ensure access to music learning for all students as part of the school curriculum".-- NAMM

Congratulations to the Sunnyvale community! 


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SISD Mentor Library
 
Mentor Library  
 
The Sunnyvale ISD mentor library is an opportunity for you to invest in the future of Sunnyvale ISD students. We are asking for adults in the community to volunteer their time to speak to a group of students as part of their ELUs or other classroom activities. Because whether you know it or not, you have some great information that you can share with our students that will enhance their learning experience and ensure they are future ready. If you are interested please visit sisdmentor.com for more info and to sign up today. 
 

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