Raise Your Hand Texas – 2009 Legislative Agenda
Posted by Texas Education on January 15, 2009
2009 Legislative Agenda
Full-Day Voluntary Four Year Old Pre-Kindergarten
Texas should offer full-day, high quality pre-k to eligible children who currently attend half-day programs. Raise Your Hand Texas supports a funding increase for the 2010-2011 biennium to provide full-day, quality pre-k to approximately 120,000 children.
The Bush School for Government and Public Service (A&M) states that for every $1 invested in pre-k we receive a return of $3.50. Pre-k saves taxpayers money, prepares children for school, reduces the dropout rate, and supports the Texas economy today and tomorrow.
Public School Accountability
During the 2007 Legislative session, Raise Your Hand Texas supported legislation requiring a comprehensive interim study of the current accountability system. The Legislature created the Select Committee on Public School Accountability, which has taken testimony over the past year.
Raise Your Hand Texas supports strengthening accountability to provide fair, accurate, and understandable information on the performance of our students and schools. Texas needs a new accountability system that will reward growth and is flexible for changes in the testing program.
Multiple Pathways to High School Graduation
Multiple pathways to graduation require a rigorous course of study that integrates foundation subjects with career and technology, humanities, and the arts. Students should be encouraged to go on to college preferably four years or to a community college program. Our state graduation requirements must reflect the knowledge and skills that colleges and employers expect for success.
Keeping students in school should be a major goal for the state. Multiple pathways to graduation will provide the relevancy students need to maintain their course of study to be career and workforce ready for the 21st Century.