Under the Dome

Under the DomeState Assessment for Academic Readiness

Texas PTA will advocate for a reduced emphasis on state-mandated testing, focusing on grades 3-8, and monitor changes to STAAR for high school students, and limits on benchmark testing for all tested grades.

Background

Texas PTA has worked for several years to reduce the number of and the emphasis on state-mandated tests. We were part of a strong team that reduced high school end-of-course tests from 15 to 5 and have sought to reduce the number of tests that are required in the elementary and middle school grades. We will continue to look for opportunities to pursue these reductions during the next legislative session.
Texas PTA seeks to extend the graduation committee structure created last session through House Bill 149, one in which students who have passed all the courses required for graduation but have been unable to pass up to two of the end-of-course exams required to graduate, can participate in a rigorous process to demonstrate that they have learned the required curriculum. The committee that assigns extra activities, and reviews the student’s work must agree unanimously in order for the student to be allowed to graduate.
Read more about the history of efforts to reduce STAAR.

Oppose Vouchers

Texas PTA will oppose vouchers including Education Savings Account Programs (ESA Programs) and Tax Credit Scholarship Programs that allow state funds to be utilized in private schools not accountable to the taxpayer or the state.
ESAs are a form of voucher that allows eligible parents to use a portion of the funds the state expends for their student’s public school education to fund private school tuition, tuition at eligible institutions, distance education, home schooling materials and curriculum. The remainder of the funds, generally around 30%, are kept by the public school the student previously attended.
Corporations can earn tax credits by donating money to a scholarship program that uses the dollars to pay for private school tuition for students.

Vouchers:

  • Do not ensure accountability – They send public dollars to private schools that are not accountable to the public for producing results.
  • Provide choice for some, not all –
    • Vouchers disproportionately benefit students living in urban areas due to limited access to private schools in rural Texas.
    • Vouchers do not address many needs of low-income, at-risk students such as transportation, free and reduced lunches, textbooks, assessment of special needs, access to additional remediation programs, full cost of tuition.
  • Violate separation of church and state
    • The US Constitution prohibits any government “establishment of religion.” Tax dollars directed toward public schools of religious origin violate that principal.
    • The US Constitution ensures “free exercise of religion”; no government has proper authority to dictate a religious community’s expression of faith. Regulation and oversight always accompany allocation of public tax dollars, thus violation religious freedom.
More about Vouchers

 

Did You Know?

Only a portion of your property taxes, which is marked for schools, actually goes to your local school district. There is a tax rate cap on those funds that go to your local school district. The remaining funds are sent to the state for legislators to spend at their discretion. Often these remaining funds are spent on other state expenses like transportation.

Wouldn’t it be great if the state reinvested those remaining funds back into our public school system, so that our students will have more access to resources and facilities that they need to be successful? While reinvesting these funds back into public school will not solve all of our public school challenges, it would be a great jump start in improving the education of our students.

To learn more about how school financing works, you can access many articles and presentations online, or invite the CFO of your school district to explain how school financing works and what it means for your school district. Then join us at Rally Day February 27, 2017 as PTA and community members from across the state come together to advocate for these funds to be reinvested back into public schools, as well as many other issues that affect the education, well-being and the safety of our students.

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Dr. Traci Petteway

Dr. Traci Petteway

President, Marcus HS PTSA
I am Dr. Traci Petteway, your MHS PTSA President! I am delighted to welcome some and welcome back others to the Marcus High School family! Since our July 1981 chartering, MHS PTSA has made a mark of distinction in the community by providing valuable Parent Education Programs (PEP), Graduating Senior Scholarships for the MHS PTSA “student members”, the 180 Degree Abstinence Program, Red Ribbon Week, Winning the Fight, celebrating our students via the Magnificent Marauder Awards, and showing appreciation towards our dedicated teachers!
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Gary Shafferman

Gary Shafferman

Principal, Marcus High School
Marcus High School is an incredible school due to all the stakeholders. As teachers and parents, we are creating an opportunity for our students to excel in multiple areas such as academics, athletics, and the fine arts. PTSA works as a bridge between Marcus and our community of parents and students. As a strong supporter of public education, PTSA supports our school as an advocate and resource. Marcus PTSA is a strong contributor and helps put together our school homecoming, programs to battle drug/alcohol abuse, student scholarships, and so much more. We are partners, and we look forward to many years of support from Marcus PTSA.

 

Chantell Upshaw

Chantell Upshaw

Principal, Marcus High School 9
The Marcus PTSA provides outstanding support to Marcus parents, students, and staff. Monthly communication, general meetings, and the PTSA website, help keep parents informed about school events and initiatives sponsored by PTSA. PTSA supports academics, arts, school beautification, parent education and so much more. Membership in the Marcus PTSA connects parents, teachers and students and supports the entire Marcus school community. I am proud to be a Lifetime Member of PTA and a member of the Marcus PTSA!