Texas Aspires Releases Legislative Agenda

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With the 85th Legislature underway, Texas Aspires, a leading statewide education advocacy organization, today unveiled its 2017 legislative agenda and called on legislative leaders to make a commitment to our children and the future of our state by implementing meaningful education policies this session.

Speaking to reporters in Austin, Texas Aspires outlined the following policy priorities to:

  • Replace high school end-of-course exams with the Texas Success Initiative Assessment for accountability and graduation purposes;
  • Create a process for locally-developed teacher quality plans that highlight strategies for recruiting, developing, and retaining effective educators;
  • Facilitate statewide conditions that encourage and incentivize district-charter partnerships;
  • Implement and improve the A-F campus and district rating system;
  • Provide facilities funding for charter schools; and
  • Increase post-secondary readiness and defend rigorous standards.

“During the 85th Legislative Session, we must demonstrate a steadfast commitment to the children of Texas and the future of our state by enacting policies that truly improve our schools and bring real results into every classroom,” said Courtney Boswell, Executive Director of Texas Aspires. “We look forward to working in partnership with legislators from across the State of Texas to ensure every child, regardless of race, ethnicity or zip code, receives a quality education.”

Since its formation in 2016, Texas Aspires has been actively working to build a more effective, transparent P-16 education system by urging lawmakers to implement policies that will allow every child to reach their full potential. A full list of their legislative priorities, including background information on each tenet of their agenda, can be found on their new website, TexasAspires.org.

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