Interim Legislative Agenda
2016-17 Interim Legislative Agenda Summary
Academic Accountability: An effective, efficient and equitable state academic accountability system is necessary to carry out the mission and objectives of the Texas public education system. Texasâ€™ current academic accountability system provides confusing information to parents about the performance of their childâ€™s school and is too complex for school districts to navigate effectively. The state accountability system should be a tool that helps local school boards and educators improve student performance.
School Finance: Legislation and an appropriation that provides funding for public education to meet the mission and objectives described in Texas Education Code, Section 4.001 is necessary to ensure that Texas produces a workforce that will sustain the stateâ€™s economy.
School Choice: The Arlington ISD is a district that offers choice for students and parents. While a school voucher program is perhaps the most polarizing issue in public education today, public school districts should be recognized for providing true choice to their constituents.
Prekindergarten: Pre-K programs such as formula-funded public school pre-K and the Pre-K Early Start Grant provide access for children who need pre-K most. Access to quality pre-K positively impacts academic readiness and performance.
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