The Fort Worth ISD has kicked off its annual United Way fundraising campaign drive with a goal of $300,000. The District is the 13th largest contributor to the United Way in Tarrant County.
For the 2011-2012 year, the District will receive $1,201,324 from the United Way, an amount more than FOUR TIMES as much as teachers and students contributed last year. Those funds will be allocated to programs that support literacy and improve graduation rates.
The new Texas Education Code section 22.011 prohibits a district trustee or employee from directly or indirectly requiring or coercing a school district employee to:
- Make a contribution to a charitable organization or in response to a fund-raiser; or
- Refrain from making a contribution to a charitable organization or in response to a fund-raiser; or
- Attend a meeting called for the purpose of soliciting charitable contributions; or
- Refrain from attending a meeting called for the purpose of soliciting charitable contributions.
The good news is that this law does not prohibit any employee or trustee from mentioning charitable contributions or fundraisers – only that the District cannot coerce or require an employee to do any of the above.
“We have taken this to heart and have repeatedly noted that contributions are voluntary, optional personal decisions,” said interim Superintendent Walter Dansby. “It is our hope that individuals will still contribute as a personal choice and not feel that we are forcing them to participate.”
The annual campaign will officially begin on October 24 and will end on November 3, 2011.