The Houston Independent School District Board of Education on Tuesday voted 6-3 against the proposed budget for the 2019-2020 school year.
On June 27, trustees will again consider adoption of the proposed budget, which will include a recommended compensation package for all HISD employees and other HB 3-related items. State law requires the budget to be approved by June 30.
Increases in spending in the proposed budget include an additional $6 million for wraparound services, which address mental and physical needs students may have – such as food insecurity, housing, and parent incarceration – that may adversely affect college and career readiness.
The recommended budget also includes an additional $4 million for Achieve 180, a research-based action plan to support, strengthen and empower underserved and underperforming campuses.
The proposed budget also calls for the district to increase its contribution to health insurance by $7.5 million, helping to keep the increase in employee premiums to only five percent.