By: Peggy Venable
Failing schools represent a betrayal of the trust we have placed in public education. More funding has not been the answer. Over a ten-year period, Texas school funding grew at a rate of five times faster than the student enrollment growth and we still have kids assigned by government – based solely on their zip codes – to failing schools.
Many of those kids are poor and their parents have no choices. They cannot move to another district, nor can they afford to home school or pay for a private school.
Texas needs a meaningful parent trigger bill. SB 1263 provides a tool to empower parents to take over and turn around their children’s failing schools.
This is the ultimate in local control. The alternative – short of full school choice – is for schools to habitually fail our kids. Students don’t have the luxury of time to wait for – and hope for – failing schools to improve.
We have 315,000 students in over 530 failing Texas schools. Sen. Larry Taylor’s SB 1263 provides a tool for parents to collectively use to their child’s school around.
It is outrageous that the education lobby is opposing SB 1263 and defending the indefensible – public schools which continue to fail our kids. We at AFP-Texas support SB 1263 – the “parent trigger” bill.