August 17, 2018
by Rep. Ryan Guillen
As summer winds down and kids get ready to start school, this time of year can be difficult for parents. In the legislature, we recognize this difficulty with Texas Parents Day in mid-August, which celebrates the Texas family and emphasizes the importance of parents taking an active role in the raising and future of their children. Coincidentally this week, parents who take an active role in their kids' education have a new tool to monitor their school district's performance with the release of A-F Accountability Ratings. However, some school officials warn parents to take ratings with a grain of salt.
Seeing mixed results, critics argue the grades fail to accurately reflect the work schools do in a very complicated system. With 1200 districts in the state serving over five million students, developing a one-size-fits-all method of measuring school accountability is undoubtedly an arduous undertaking. To help parents, students, and educators alike be able to make sense of the new accountability standards, the Texas Education Agency has produced helpful webinars to explain A-F.
As the school year commences, that means our office is well into the planning stages of the 2018 Student Legislative Session. Our 15th Annual Student Legislative Session will be held this November. If you know of any interested high school Juniors or Seniors, be sure to contact your principal or drop us a line for more information.
Parents Know Best
Satirist PJ O'Rourke once joked, "Everyone knows how to raise children except the people who have them." Whether it's raising kids or teaching them, there will always be those who tell you how it's done; and at the end of the day, what matters is that we remember that it's all about what's best for our kids.