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Rep. Dutton Jr., Harold V.

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REP. DUTTON PROPOSES SOLUTION FOR FAILING PUBLIC SCHOOLS  print page

by: Rep. Dutton Jr., Harold V.
04/10/2013

Austin, TX -( April 10,2013). On today, Rep. Harold V. Dutton, Jr. (Houston) argued that closing a public school campus for being low performing makes about as much sense as getting rid of your car because it is simply out of gas. The Public Education Committee considered Dutton's HB-1957, which creates a statewide school district, the Texas Achievement School District, whose sole purpose is to turn around failing Texas public schools. HB-1957 provides that, after ratings of low performance for two consecutive years, the Texas Education Commissioner may remove a campus from its current school district and place that campus into the Texas Achievement School District.

Rep. Dutton stated "closing a school campus does absolutely nothing to improve the students achievement. In fact, shuttering the building is not the answer. We must solve the problem of too many students being locked into failing public schools and simply closing the building makes no sense whatsoever".

Currently, there are 46 schools in Texas that have been low performing for at least two or more consecutive years and which could be placed into the Texas Achievement
Rep. Dutton further stated that "Texas schools must unlock the genius in each child who shows up at the school door as our Texas Constitution dictates. Failing this obligation has some rather dire consequences for all Texans as our prison system so aptly reminds us".

HB-1957 is currently pending in the House Public Education Committee. If Texans believe, as I do, that we can do better in educating all of our children, please contact your legislator and ask them to support the passage of HB-1957.

For more information, contact:
Tamoria Jones at (512) 463-0510

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