Educated Workforce in Greater Houston

Harris County Department of Education’s (HCDE) service area includes*:

55,000+

teachers

25

school districts (including four of the largest school districts in Texas)

1,900

children birth to age 3 with disabilities or developmental delays

About

1 million

school-age learners

44

charter
schools
systems

1,385

children in
Head Start

11,000

adult learners

Educating Greater Houston since 1889

Formed in 1889, Harris County Department of Education is separate from other government entities.

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Education is an important contributor to the health of the economy in the greater Houston area.

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PROGRAMS REDUCE COSTS FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS

HCDE offers services which provide scale efficiencies, resulting in lower costs to school districts.

These include

PROGRAMS IMPROVE PERFORMANCE AND INCREASE operating EFFICIENCIES

HCDE services support the direct improvement of student performance and increase operating efficiencies at the local level.

PROPERTY TAXES ARE LESS THAN ONE-QUARTER OF HCDE'S FUNDING

HCDE services are financed through grant, fees for service and a county-wide tax of less than 2/3 of 1 penny for every $100 in assessed property value.

Your tax dollars can NEVER exceed 1 cent per $100 assessed property valuation, yet those precious fractions of a penny provide $19 million, which helps support about $83 million of services every year.

How does the current tax rate translate to my bill?

An average property value of $150K results in tax of $9.54 per year to HCDE (or 80 cents per month).

Video Read HCDE’s Popular Annual Financial Report. HCDE invests fractions of a penny to make EDUCATION WORK throughout greater Houston and Harris County.

*Figures based on 2012-13 data

HCDE works to

Equalize educational opportunities in partnership with school districts

Maintain economies of scale and provide specialized support for monetary efficiency

Mission

Striving to be a “Catalyst for Excellence in Educating All Learners,” HCDE offers specialized programs for students, educators and administrators.

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THERAPY SERVICES

HCDE Therapy Services provides services to more than 5,400 students on 537 campuses.

9

Multilevel

55

High

345

Elementary

128

Mid/Inter/Jr

Included are students with:
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SPECIAL SCHOOLS
Academic and Behavior Centers (ABC)

HCDE’s two ABC Schools serve nearly 200 students with emotional disturbances, intellectual disabilities, autism and other disabilities.

www.hcde-texas.org/SpecialSchools-ABC
Highpoint Schools

Districts enroll about 1,400 students in HCDE Highpoint Schools. The students have been adjudicated, expelled or placed as a condition of the courts or districts.

www.hcde-texas.org/HighPoint
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After-School Programs

The Cooperative for After-School Enrichment (CASE) leverages community resources with grants received by HCDE to provide quality after-school learning opportunities for nearly 12,000 children from the greater Houston area.

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School Readiness,
including Head Start

Head Start serves about 1,500 3 – 5 year old economically disadvantaged students and their families through a federal grant.

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Curriculum support

Staff development is provided to thousands of professional educators.

Subject areas include core content areas of

  • English/
    Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Workforce Development (Career and Technical)

Other areas include Early Childhood, Bilingual, Gifted/Talented and Special Education.

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Purchasing

Choice Partners cooperative provides competitively bid, awarded contracts for school districts and government entities, which are required by law when spending public funds. Choice Partners also provides opportunities for qualified vendors to sell products and services using government-awarded contracts.

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Records Management Services

Records Management provides services for Houston-area schools and government agencies to help comply with state law for local government
record storage requirements.

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Education Foundation
of Harris County

The Education Foundation of Harris County, a separate 501(C)3 organization, provides opportunities for businesses and individual patrons to receive tax credit for investing and becoming involved with HCDE educational programs.

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For 2013, without consideration of any property tax exemptions,* property owners paid

Property
Appraisal
2013 HCDE
Tax Rate
Annual
2013 Tax
Billl
Monthly
2013 Tax
Bill
$ 50,000 $0.006358 $ 3.18 $0.265
$100,000   $ 6.36 $0.53
$150,000   $ 9.54 $0.795
$200,000   $12.72 $1.05
$500,000   $31.79 $2.649
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