AUSTIN – Yesterday, two teacher associations sued Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath and the Texas Education Agency in an attempt to stop provisions from Senate Bill 1882, which would let school districts partner with outside organizations such as charter schools and nonprofit organizations to fix failing schools.
Kara Belew, senior education policy advisor at the Texas Public Policy Foundation offered the following statement:
“Denying educators a real opportunity to reform Texas’ most under-performing schools would be a travesty. Instead of taking options off the table, teachers associations should encourage innovations like partnering with charter school organizations to provide options, resources and reform for campuses that continue to fail. More than 162,000 Texas children are currently trapped in D and F-graded districts where they are behind grade level and not learning. High-performing charter schools could turn their lives around.”
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