Watch Arlington ISD Superintendent on WFAA’s Inside Texas Politics Dr. Cavazos discusses accountability ratings and the 2019 Bond

Watch Arlington ISD Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos on WFAA’s Inside Texas Politics discuss the AISD’s Texas Education Agency accountability (TEA) rating and the proposed $966 million bond program.

WFAA Anchor Jason Whitely started the discussion by congratulating Dr. Cavazos on the AISD’s B rating, up from a C last year.

Dr. Cavazos attributed progress to the AISD’s ability to adapt to student needs. However, he cautioned that the TEA’s rating system is too narrow and simple to fully capture the substance and performance of a school.

“A test will never capture the true essence of teaching and learning,” he said. “The essence of the school is in the school.”

Bud Kennedy, of the Fort Worth Star Telegram, then took the discussion to the 2019 bond proposal.

Dr. Cavazos highlighted several projects, including reconstructing Carter Junior High and Berry, Thornton and Webb elementaries. He also explained that the majority of the bond is for condition needs at every campus.

“The vast majority will be condition work: HVAC, roofs, sidewalks, things like that,” he said. “Things that may not be very exciting but are very important in public schools.

Learn more about the 2019 Bond at www.aisd.net/bond2019.