2013 Legislative Agenda Summary
1. Accountability & Assessment: Effective, efficient and equitable state academic and financial accountability systems are necessary to carry out the mission and objectives of the Texas public education system.
2. 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 should be passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature.
3. Graduation Requirements: Texas requirements for graduation should align with college admissions requirements and workforce needs of Texas employers. Greater relevance for students drives higher completion rates.
4. Prekindergarten: Pre-K programs such as formula-funded public school pre-K and the Pre-K Early Start (PKES) Grant provide access for children who need pre-K most.
5. School Choice: Arlington ISD is a district that offers choice for students and parents. While school choice is perhaps the most polarizing issue in public education today, a legislative review of specific school-choice proposals will help determine what is known and not known and provide direction for how Texas could learn more about choice options in public education
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