TEA and Texas Smart Schools Give Harmony Their Highest Rankings
Harmony Public Schools received a string of accolades for its financial efficacy on Monday after the Texas Education Agency released its financial accountability ratings and the Texans for Positive Economic Policy released its Texas Smart Schools rankings.
All seven of Harmony’s districts statewide received a Superior financial rating from the TEA and both Houston districts received a five-star rating from Texas Smart Schools.
Harmony has repeatedly received high state financial rankings, which is continued proof of its transparency and efficacy in all its financial dealings. The FIRST ratings -- Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas – are ranked based on 15 indicators, including working capital, timely tax payments, and debt service coverage. The ranking is designed to encourage public schools to use taxpayer funds for instructional purposes as much as possible.
“Harmony takes seriously our responsibility to use taxpayers’ dollars wisely,” said Director of Communications Peggy England. “This distinction, along with the TEA’s rejection last week of the false allegations from the foreign agent of Turkey, is a strong acknowledgment of Harmony’s commitment to maintaining a standard of excellence in every area of our organization, most importantly providing the best education possible to Texas students.”
Harmony’s two five-star ratings in Houston are a part of the Texas Smart Schools initiative, which began after former Texas Comptroller Susan Combs launched the data integration platform as a way for parents to evaluate school districts. The rankings measure the academic progress of a district against its spending habits.