Opt Out 101- How to Say No to STAAR

COVID cases are spiking again, but the TEA Commissioner is pushing parents to take the first round of STAAR next week! Read below for Opt Out 101 Read more

Spite has never been and never will be the basis of good legislation.

Senator Paul Bettencourt has declared war on public education. The newest state takeover bill (SB 1365) and the charter bill (SB 28), both authored by Senator Paul Bettencourt, will be heard in committee today (3/25.)  These bills give the Texas Education Agency (TEA) commissioner more power than ever before to dismantle school districts and to commandeer state and federal funds with impunity. Read more

Fight back against TEA's shell game

Can you come to the Ride for Public Ed and Phone Jam at the Houston Region 4 Building (proxy for TEA) on Monday, March 15th? RSVP here. Read more

Biden flip flops on standardized testing- what you can do?

Earlier this week Diane Ravitch wrote in her blog that “The Biden administration chose a pro-testing advocate, Ian Rosenblum of Education Trust New York, to announce the decision that states must administer the federally mandated tests this spring." Read more

Tell HISD to tell parents the truth about STAAR

Despite outcry from communities and educators across Texas, Governor Abbott has not cancelled the STAAR exam this spring. Families, students and educators need support and protection from COVID, not more tests. The good news is, families can stand up and opt out. Only Governor Abbott (TEA) can cancel STAAR by requesting a federal waiver, but HISD has the power to lessen the harmful burden too. Tell the trustees to share a more accurate message about STAAR with families. Read more

Data is important but this is too much

Pushing an unrelenting district-based assessment schedule, HISD seems completely disconnected from the day-to-day impact of COVID on students and their families.  Read more

CVPE Letter to HISD Policing Task Force

Read CVPE's letter to the HISD School Board Policing Task Force, proposed by HISD School Board President Sue Diegaard during the Summer 2020 Black Lives Matter demonstrations. Included in the letter are recommendations for changes needed in HISD regarding policing and the group's rationale behind the recommendations.  Read more

Crass, retaliatory and immoral

What is so hard about being thoughtful and supportive towards teachers, other staff and students in the middle of a pandemic? Can you speak at the HISD Board meeting on Thursday to demand that HISD take COVID seriously? Read more

Reopened to Superspread Covid

In the face of mounting evidence that schools are superspreaders, please email the governor today to demand he protect children, teachers, staff and communities. Read more

Administering STAAR is like weighing yourself on a scale that is 100 lb off

Yesterday the Texas Education Agency announced that it will not rate schools this year, but students will still be required to take the STAAR tests in the spring if they are in school for face-to-face instruction. Read more


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