Vouchers divert scarce public education funds to private schools, which are not required to comply with federal protections for students with disabilities or report and track spending and student performance.
We support keeping education tax dollars in public schools and investing in quality public school choice and innovative programs.
Inadequate pay and a lack of respect for teachers have caused fewer young people to enter the profession in recent years. Compounding this challenge is the need for better teacher preparation and less reliance on alternative certification programs.
We support enhancing teaching as a career, attracting and preparing a strong teacher workforce, and retaining quality educators in the field.
Strengthening the Teaching Pipeline 2019 Position Paper
The state’s accountability (A-F) system is disproportionately based on a single end-of-year test that does not adequately consider a student’s academic growth. Additionally, it is the only measure of accountability ratings in grades 3-8.
We support real-time assessments that inform instruction, measure individual progress, and serve as one of multiple measures reflecting a student’s entire educational experience.
Texas Communities Deserve an Equal Playing Field
Charter schools and traditional schools should be held to the same high standards while serving all students within their communities.
Charter schools were founded on the promise of fostering locally developed, innovative approaches to educating children, especially with our most at-risk students, and some charter schools remain true to this vision. Unfortunately, for many Texas communities, the rapid expansion of charter schools has resulted in taxpayer inefficiencies, unequal access for students, and a parallel system of publicly funded schools.
We support equitable funding as well as expansion and accountability policies that require publicly funded schools to equally serve all students within their communities. All schools should promote local innovation and respond to the communities in which they operate.
Only 20 percent of Texas 8th grade students in 2006 graduated from college by 2017. As such, Texas struggles to keep pace with current workforce demands and cannot solely rely on importing talent from other states.
We support research-based pathways to meet individual student needsas well as increased support for transitioning into college, career, or the military.
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