FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 02/28/2013
Former Educator State Representative James White Seeks to Reform School Curriculum
AUSTIN, TEXAS– Today Representative James White, a former public school educator, released the following statement regarding the increasing need for transparency and accountability in Texas’ public schools, in light of the recent events in Lumberton, Texas:
“I have read numerous stories regarding the developing situation in Lumberton,” said Representative White. “I understand why my constituents have the concerns that they have. However, my constituents do not understand why the cheerleaders in Kountze, Texas are being put through a legal assault for voluntarily displaying Biblical scripture at a football game. They also do not understand why symbols of our Judeo-Christian heritage, such as the Ten Commandments and nativity scenes, are under constant legal threat.”
Since the open of the 83rd Legislature, both the House and Senate Education committees have closely examined the curriculum being offered to Texas students, including the online system known as CSCOPE. Also under analysis has been the method and frequency in which students are tested.
“This session I am proud to be joining with other conservatives in support of legislation that will provide both transparency and scrutiny to the curriculum being provided to our students. I am co-authoring HB 5, a bipartisan effort to increase transparency and flexibility in the classroom, including our testing standards. Part of the problem is that we have a DC-Austin, big government, standardized testing program forcing our local school districts to adopt standardized curriculum, instead of allowing our classroom educators to teach our students,” stated Representative White. “Another part of this process will also be HB 760, which I am proud to co-author. This bill will allow our State Board of Education, who are held accountable by the voters of Texas, to examine new curriculum developed outside the classroom. I am also the author of HB 704, which is designed to prevent Washington DC’s ‘common core state standards’ from being imposed on Texas’ local schools. Our local communities are capable of creating lesson plans designed to prepare their students for higher education or the workforce, and it’s time we gave our communities the ability to make these decisions for themselves.”
Representative White is a Member of the Texas House of Representatives on behalf of District 19, composed of Polk, Tyler, Jasper, Newton, and Hardin counties.
Contact: Tyler Norris