Texans for Education Reform
Parents at 24th Street Elementary School in Los Angeles will decide Tuesday, April 9 whether to approve a hybrid "Los Angeles Unified School District-independent charter" model of change to improve the struggling school, after their successful filing of a "parent trigger" petition on Jan. 17.
When Texas took the nation’s lead a decade ago in putting new rigor into high school graduation requirements, some worried it would cause more students to drop out or increase the achievement gap between students of color and their white peers. The opposite has proved true: Graduation rates have increased, with the greatest growth occurring among low-income and minority students. Given such success, it’s bewildering that the state would roll back, as is now under serious consideration, these high standards.
We've long since given up hope that this might be the Legislative session in which Texas fixes the wiggy, dysfunctional way that it funds public schools. And we're slowly resigning ourselves to the sad fact that the Legislature won't restore every cent of the $5.4 billion that it slashed from our schools last time around.
My grandmother used to say, “We need to do more of what works and less of what doesn’t.” Nothing could be truer for education.
Far too many Texas students have been trapped in academically unacceptable or failing schools for far too long. These students are on a path to long-term failure with tremendous societal implications if we fail to dramatically improve our schools.