Holding Students To High Standards And Providing Opportunities For Excellence

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One of the most pervasive arguments in education policy is that poverty is a primary determinant of student success. Accordingly, many stakeholders innately lower expectations for students that come from households with low annual incomes. That approach has not and will not improve the futures of Texas students whose families struggle financially.

In a recent article, San Antonio ISD Superintendent Pedro Martinez laid out the financial difficulties a large number of his students and their families face on a day-to-day basis. Building on his own family’s experience, Martinez is on a quest to do everything in his power to pave a path of success for every student in his district – regardless of his or her parents’ income.

Representative Harold Dutton, a veteran lawmaker and ardent advocate for low-income and minority students, penned an opinion piece last week in response to the NAACP’s recommendation to impose a moratorium on charter schools. Dutton highlighted their unique successes in Texas and specifically pointed out charter schools’ successes with low-income and minority students.

This week, we commend one Texas superintendent who is changing expectations for low-income students in his district and one state representative who is fighting to defend schools that offer all students a non-traditional path to success. We challenge all of you to take bold stances like these because lowering expectations for students and limiting school options will not improve the futures of Texas students.

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We believe every Texas child, regardless of race, ethnicity or zip code, deserves a quality education. You can help make that happen.