Lake Travis ISD considers approval of $250,830 program to reduce dropout rates

Lake Travis ISD board of trustees discusses House Bill 5 during a July 17 meeting.

Lake Travis ISD board of trustees discusses House Bill 5 during a July 17 meeting.

Lake Travis ISD addressed funding for House Bill 5 during a July 17 board meeting, a law approved during the 83rd Texas Legislative session in June 2013, according to the Texas Education Agency.

The bill aids students who are at risk for dropping out by providing supplemental education programs, according to district information. HB 5 requires districts to separately budget funding to provide additional education for students who perform poorly on an end of course assessment.

Those additional programs include summer school, student success initiative accelerated instruction, end of course assessment reviews, and additional educational resources, according to LTISD.

It would also supply supplemental bus transportation for students who require additional instruction during after-school hours, according to Johnny W. Hill, Assistant Superintendent for Business, Financial and Auxiliary Services.

"This program is going to help students," Hill said.

LTISD administration is requesting $250,830 already included in the current budget request to provide the requirements of HB 5.

The board will take official action on this item during its Aug. 21 meeting.
By Amy Rae Dadamo
Amy Rae Dadamo is the reporter for Lake Travis-Westlake, where her work focuses on city government and education. Originally from New Jersey, Amy Rae relocated to Austin after graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey in May 2019.