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Res 12-40 Legislative Agenda Guidelines for 83rd Session TOWN OF WESTLAKE RESOLUTION NO. 12-40 A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF WESTLAKE, TEXAS, PROVIDING FOR LEGISLATIVE AGENDA GUIDELINES AND STATEMENTS OF SUPPORT RELATIVE TO THE 83PD LEGISLATIVE SESSION. WHEREAS, the Town of Westlake desires to promote a broad legislative platform for the coming $3`d Legislative Session; and WHEREAS, the Town Council desires to provide staff with guidelines through which to monitor legislation favorable to the Town of Westlake; and WHEREAS, the Town Council opposes any legislation that reduces local control or compromises our ability to govern our local municipality; and WHEREAS, the Town Council further supports expanded funding efforts for public education; and WHEREAS, the Town Council finds that the passage of this Resolution is in the best interest of the public. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF WESTLAKE, TEXAS; SECTION L All matters stated in the Recitals above are found to be true and correct and are incorporated herein by reference as if copied in their entirety. SECTION 2. The Town Council of the Town of Westlake hereby approves the proposed legislative agenda guidelines shown as Exhibit "A", SECTION 3: if any portion of this Resolution shall, for any reason, be declared invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity shall not affect the remaining provisions hereof and the Council hereby determines that it would have adopted this Resolution without the invalid provision. Resolution 12-40 Page i of 3 SECTION 4: That this resolution shall become effective from and after its date of passage. PASSED AND APPROVED ON THIS 10T'-' DAY OF DECEMBER, 2012. lza4g�' IaZ4't Laura eat, Mayor ATTEST: Kelly dwards own Secretary Tom Bryme own Manager APPROVED AS TO FORM: L. Stanton Lowry, n tt ey Resolution 1240 Page 2 of 3 Exhibit "A" — 2012 Legislative Agenda for the Town of Westlake Municipal Services As local government is also a major component of the 'engine' that drives economic development in Texas, we support the passage of a resolution and an agenda, which encourages our State legislative delegation to preserve and enhance our cities' critical role in providing for robust economic growth by: • Strengthening cities' ability to deliver high quality basic services, as well as incent job growth by preserving local revenue sources, including sales tax and ad valorem tax income streams. • General opposition to any measure which reduces local governmental authority and control over the municipality. • Preserving land acquisition abilities for cities so they can deliver essential services. • Building a competitive 21 st century work force to continue to fuel Texas' economic development performance by restoring and enhancing public education funding. • Maintaining cities' ability to plan their communities in an orderly, thoughtful fashion as well as invest in infrastructure and provide essential services. Educational Services The Town of Westlake through our ownership of Westlake Academy is a supporting member of the Texas Charter School Association's (TCSA) lawsuit to expand funding opportunities for our students in charter schools. As such, we support any Legislation that proposes that charter schools should receive equal funding to that of traditional public schools and that they also be eligible for similar adjustments and financially beneficial opportunities. Below are general statements from the TCSA and supporting charter school agencies, to include in a platform of legislative support for Westlake Academy: • All public schools in the State should be better funded • The Legislature should consider the long term consequences of underfunding public education and its effect on communities and business; as well as the future development of our workforce population. The linkage between a strong local economy and workforce development is integral to our future. • Support any legislation that lifts or extends the current cap on open-enrollment charters to meet the growing demand for high quality charter school education. ■ Start-up and expansion funding should be equally available for charter schools as for traditional public schools. • Support legislation that advocates performance measuring systems for all public schools according to the appropriate circumstances, For instance: ■ Must directly match the school's mission and values. ■ Must take into account the population being evaluated. ■ Consider the prospect of a value added measure to more accurately measure student learning gains over time. Resolution 12-40 Page 3 of 3