Things to Know

The 86th Texas Legislative Session
The Texas Legislature convenes at the state capitol in Austin for regular session every odd-numbered year. The regular session lasts 140 days between January and June. The Governor may call the legislature into a special session to consider specific legislation. Special sessions can last up to 30 days. The 86th Texas Legislature convened for its regular session on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019.

For information on how a bill becomes law or how to track a particular bill, go to:


SBISD’s and the Texas PTA’s Legislative Priorities for the 86thLegislative Session
SBISD’s Legislative priorities center on: school finance, school safety, local control, accountability and assessment, and pre-kindergarten. For information on SBISD’s legislative priorities, please go to:  and click “Legislative Priorities.”

The Texas PTA has adopted similar legislative priorities. For more information, please go to


School Finance
Many components of the state’s school finance system have not been updated since 1984. The current school finance system views SBISD as “property wealthy,” and therefore, SBISD is required to write a check comprised of local property taxes to the state in accordance with a process called “recapture.”

SBISD’s recapture has increased by more than 1,600 percent since 2009 and continues to climb. The district this year will send $88 million in recapture to the state while receiving only $22 million — that’s four times as much to the state as SBISD gets in return. This disproportionality high rate is now impacting SBISD’s ability to provide important programs and resources to its students.