2015 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. Texas' current accountability system is too complex for school districts to navigate effectively and provides confusing information to parents about the performance of their child's school. The state accountability system should focus on campus and district performance results of core content areas rather than on the test results of individual students. The financial accountability system should clearly measure the efficiency and viability of school district operations in a clear and transparent manner.
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 84th Texas Legislature.
3. School Choice: The 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, public school districts should be recognized for providing choice to their constituents.
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. Access to quality pre-K positively impacts academic readiness and performance.
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