Texas Ed: Comments on Education from Texas

October 9, 2006

Good news for Kerrville

Kerrville Daily Times:

The Texas Education Agency has reversed an earlier rating and given an “academically acceptable” rating to Tivy High School and the Kerrville Independent School District, according to a KISD news release.

This was a case of counting students who were assigned to Tivy High School because they were housed at the Kerr county Juvenile Detention Center.

Kerrville Daily Times:

The school and district were given an unacceptable rating because of completion rates for students housed at the Kerr County Juvenile Detention Center. Several students who didn’t graduate or complete a TEA-approved General Education Development program were from counties outside of Kerr, KISD Superintendent Dan Troxell said at a September board meeting.

It’s even better news for Texas education lobbyists:

Kerrville Daily Times:

In a September board meeting, Troxell told board members that the district had hired a Houston attorney to help Rep. Harvey Hildebran, R-Kerrville, draft legislation to modify the education agency’s system of rating schools and districts.

Don’t you think it’s a problem when an issue like this has to be resolved at the legislature (which meets only every two years to ensure responsive, good government) rather than dealt with sensibly by the district and TEA?

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