STISD host public hearing – San Benito News

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Leaders from the South Texas Independent School District (STISD) were joined by STISD board members, administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members at a press conference and presentation, held February 28, 2023, to dispel misinformation behind efforts to defund the District.

With the recent circulation of misinformation around the district, STISD finds itself fending off the potential introduction of legislation that would call for the removal of its taxing authority, essentially defunding a primary source of revenue for the district, and thereby eliminating the district altogether.

The press conference and presentation was an opportunity for STISD representatives to present factual information that clarified some of the issues that several public school districts have claimed in resolutions that have been passed by their respective school boards, calling for potential changes to legislation that would affect STISD’s taxing authority, which has been in place for nearly 60 years. Led by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marco Antonio Lara, Jr., the informative presentation discussed STISD’s purpose, history, evolution and funding. Lara presented an overview of STISD’s history, services, and accomplishments over the course of its existence.

Historically, STISD has been serving families in the tri-county area (Cameron, Hidalgo, and Willacy Counties) of the Rio Grande Valley, providing students with a high-quality, free public education option.

Since its inception in 1964, the district has continued its original legislative purpose to serve students with special needs, and with changes to legislation, it evolved to serving as the state’s first magnet school system, graduating thousands of students who have gone on to successful professional careers and professions. Among the district’s campuses, is Rising Scholars in San Benito.

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