While the passage of HB5 in the last Texas legislative session was good step, most parents, teachers and certainly students don’t believe it went far enough.
As mentioned in the article, the fascinating thing is that giving these districts the freedom to try some innovative ideas to increase student involvement was Gov Perry’s idea. When the Consortium gave their findings, the legislature UNANIMOUSLY approved it. Perry vetoed it citing his fear that we would be sacrificing rigor and student outcomes. More accurately, Gov Perry would be sacrificing the support he has gotten from the pro-testing lobby (namely Pearson).
Now that the Consortium is moving ahead despite the veto, let’s hope this signals a further move toward comprehensive reform.