First of all, members of the task force have been in something of an education boot camp to learn about demographics, current programs, and the budget as it is.
Here's what I learned about how the budget and finance works in GPISD and similar Texas districts. Lots of acronyms! Here's the 101.
Our visit and education was with Mr. Rob Welch, an assistant superintendent of GPISD, who educated us on school finance and budgeting in Texas and GPISD in particular. It is my goal that this outline will help other task forces organize their beginning education sessions on school finance. I owe him for staying with me afterward to break down all of the various acronyms.