Friday, February 8, 2013

Legislative Update: Feb. 4-8

Texas education issues and the state Legislature made news during February’s first full week on topics as wide ranging as school finance, state testing and accountability, and student graduation requirements.

Issues making headlines this week included:

State School Finance System Ruling

On Monday, state district Judge John Dietz ruled in favor of more than 600 school districts – including Spring Branch ISD – on all their major claims against the state. It is expected that the judge’s decision will be soon appealed to the Texas Supreme Court. 


 High-Stakes Testing Under Fire by Parents

After the newly appointed chairman of the House Public Education Committee filed legislation to reduce the number of tests in Texas public schools, former SBISD Board of Trustees President Susan Kellner told the Houston Chronicle that parent groups had won the ear of some Austin lawmakers. “We are definitely being heard,” said Kellner, a leader in Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessment (TAMSA). The group supports reducing the state’s increasing load of student test requirements, including new STAAR and End of Course (EOC) exams. 


High School Graduation Requirements. 

Legislators in the Texas House and Senate have both filed bills that would restructure high school graduation and student testing requirements. These two separate pieces of legislation, House Bill 5 and Senate Bill 3, will be among items discussed during a SBISD Board of Trustees Workshop Meeting that is scheduled Monday, Feb. 11. The workshop meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Board Room of the Wayne F. Schaper, Sr. Leadership Center, 955 Campbell Road.  



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