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ADVOCATE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS!

posted Mar 19, 2013, 7:20 AM by Rebecca Baker
March 19, 2013
ADVOCATE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS!
Call Governor Perry Today
Ask Him To Support Public Schools
Dear Texas PTA member,

The Texas Legislature is developing the budget for the next two years. While many legislators want to increase funding for public schools and reform the new STAAR student assessment program, Governor Perry has not voiced support for these initiatives.

What you need to know:

Funding for Public Schools

Texas PTA is urging the Texas Legislature to adequately fund public schools, in addition to funding enrollment growth, by restoring much of the funding that was cut last budget cycle.

Many in the Texas Legislature are taking a “wait and see” attitude toward funding for public schools until the Texas Supreme Court rules on the school funding lawsuit. In the meantime many are advocating a “maintenance of effort” budget for schools, funding enrollment growth but not increasing funding in other areas. 


Reform of the STAAR Assessment Program

Texas PTA supports the following reforms to STAAR’s End-of-Course tests for high school:
  • Return authority for grading policies to local school districts by eliminating the requirement that each End-of-Course test score be averaged into a student’s final course grade with a weight of 15%.
  • Eliminate the requirement that students must achieve a cumulative score on End-of-Course tests in each subject area in order to graduate.
  • Reduce the number of End-of-Course tests that must be passed in order to graduate from high school.
  • Fund costs of remediation for students who fail STAAR or End-of-Course tests.

What You Can Do:

Call Governor Perry at 512-463-2000.

Ask him to:
  • Adequately fund public schools by restoring some of the funds that were cut from public schools in 2012-2013.
  • Increase funding beyond funding for enrollment growth.
  • Reform the student assessment program.
  • Maintain rigor in assessment while reducing the multiple ways in which the testing is used to grade students and schools.
  • Reduce the number of tests high school students are taking in order to graduate.

CALL TODAY! 

YOUR CALL CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR TEXAS SCHOOLCHILDREN!


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