This blog on Texas education contains posts on accountability, testing, K-12 education, postsecondary educational attainment, dropouts, bilingual education, immigration, school finance, environmental issues, Ethnic Studies at state and national levels. It also represents my digital footprint, of life and career, as a community-engaged scholar in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin.
We urge you to direct your Commissioner of Education, Mike Morath, to commit to funding Texas public schools at a hold-harmless level based on last year's attendance levels for this entire school year, not just the first twelve weeks. Do not risk cuts partway through the year by tying funding to attendance and/or task completion. As parents of Texas students, we want our school districts to be able to count on stable and predictable funding so that they can make plans now to deliver the best possible education to our children. We want our children and our teachers to be safe and healthy, and also to continue learning. These are unprecedented times and there are additional costs brought on by COVID-19. Teachers need resources and training to be able to teach online, and students and teachers who must go to physical schools must know that those environments are safe and healthy. You hold the power to make this all possible. Please do not subject our children, teachers, and leaders to the additional stress of not knowing whether they will have the funds to provide the education needed. Over 5.4 million Texas children are counting on you to ensure they receive the public education they are promised under the Texas Constitution. Thank you.