CVPE Issues

Goals for 2016-17

Community Voices for Public Education (CVPE) unites Houston parents, educators, students, and community members to advocate for policies that strengthen Houston’s public school system. Public education is a gateway to opportunity, social and economic justice, and the democratic promise of our country. We believe that all children deserve great public schools. Our goals for 2016-17 include-

    1. ELECT HISD SCHOOL BOARD TRUSTEES in 2016 (WE WON) and in Nov 2017 who support our agenda
    2. ELIMINATE STAAR FOR PROMOTION in non state-required grades (3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th)- WE WON for the 2015-17 school years!
    3. FIGHT FOR OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS at the STATE LEVEL
      • Oppose SB3 (Vouchers by other name)
      • Oppose SB13 (no automatic payroll deduction for union dues for teachers but leaves police and firefighter unions alone, anti teacher, anti public school)
      • Oppose SB14 (sanctuary city bill that will deny our children the right to be safe in our schools and will force children into the shadows)
      • Support HB 1333 (teach not test bill) that will reduce reliance on standardized testing in our schools
    4. PROMOTE A RICH, MEANINGFUL CURRICULUM FOR OUR STUDENTS; OPPOSE HIGH STAKES TESTING
      • At the local HISD level-
        • Permanently end the use of standardized test scores to evaluate teachers [HISD]
        • End the use of STAAR as the primary measure for evaluating principals
        • Permanently end the use of STAAR as a promotion standard in non state-required grades (3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th)
        • Reduce the number of district-created (or required) benchmarks (practice tests for the STAAR) so there is more opportunity for real learning. Assessments are best when created by those closest to the students-their teachers
      • At the state level-
        • End the use of Grade A-F System for School Accountability
        • Limit the use of STAAR to those grades and subjects required by federal law
        • Abolish the state requirement using STAAR for promotion at grades 5 and 8
    5. SUPPORT QUALITY NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS; don’t close them. Support the community schools model. Magnet programs, if any, should be located in high need under-resourced communities to promote equity and access.
    6. KEEP STRONG TEACHERS AND PRINCIPALS IN HISD. High faculty turnover destabilizes schools and hurts children. Abolish the Haberman instrument. It is a flawed mechanism for identifying potential school leaders. Return extra pay for post graduate education by teachers (masters and beyond).

Read about Past Issues (2011-2016) here

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