Student-Centered Reforms Rise Above Dissension and Distraction
With the close of the 20-day veto period, the 84th Legislative Session has officially ended. Legislators should be commended for their thoughtful debate and policy achievements addressing the needs of Texas public school students.
Guided by objective research conducted prior to the session, Raise Your Hand Texas advocated for policy measures designed to advance student performance across the state by building capacity within public schools. Specifically, we supported legislators’ efforts to improve pre-k program quality, address chronically low-performing campuses, and free public schools to be more autonomous and innovative. We also supported measures preserving local control of our neighborhood schools while opposing legislation that would outsource public education.
So how did the 84th Legislature fare? Fortunately for Texas students, legislators built on the progress made with House Bill 5 and Senate Bill 2 during the 83rd Legislative Session and enacted policies geared toward improving public schools.
These important policies represent aggressive education reforms, and they must be given time to work so a fair assessment of their progress may be possible.
See below for what happened with regard to each Raise Your Hand Texas policy priority.