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Letter: Disapproval of Senate Bill 1031
The citizens of Wilson County and the United States need to educate themselves about Senate Bill 1031.
In 2007, Senate Bill 1031 was enacted, which called for the development of “end-of-course assessment instruments for secondary-level courses in Algebra I, Algebra II, geometry, biology, chemistry, physics, English I, English II, English III, world geography, world history, and United States history” (source: Texas Education agency website).
Unclear how this bill surfaced and quickly became the academic measuring tool that will play a major role in the graduation of our kids. I was fortunate to attend a meeting in Stockdale, along with other concerned parents, that introduced us to these new testing policies and guidelines. One might assume the bill had to come from the same government entity where they are feverishly trying to resolve our federal deficit, making it as complex as possible. In all fairness and honesty, there was not enough information as to why this was enacted or if it would work.
Additionally, there lacked tangible material to encourage any of us to just sit back and accept this. We must realize that our local academic leaders are governed by policies to which they have little to no input on. Please take the time to learn more about this bill and the new testing guidelines from the TEA (Texas Education Agency). Let’s support the leaders in our local scholastic community and trust they will keep us well-informed and do the right thing when it comes to our kids.
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The Marcelina Muse
Dry Tank, TX
March 7, 2012 1:28pm
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