School choice could help Hispanic students break through the achievement gap

Latino children deserve better. Just look at the numbers. Too many Hispanic students drop out of the K-12 education system each year, more than any other ethnic group in the United States. Add the learning loss suffered as a result of pandemic policies, and it’s clear we’re sitting on a crisis.

The good news, however, is that we can turn things around by expanding school choice programs across the country and growing awareness about education options within the Hispanic community.

The status quo of a one-size-fits-all education system might work for some students, but it is never going to work for all students. This is especially true for Hispanic children, who have fallen behind their peers to an alarming degree. Latino drop-out rates in the K-12 system, for example, are 65% higher than white students and nearly 40% higher than black students. Based on the data, that means in a classroom of 100 students, 30 of them would be Latino, and eight of those 30 students would drop out before graduating high school.

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Majority of Texas voters favor school voucher programs, DMN/UT-Tyler poll finds

School choice advocates positioning for voucher push in upcoming legislative session.

Most Texas voters want voucher-like programs that allow state funding to be used to send children to private schools, according to a new poll from The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler.

Take Jordan Sims, 34, a Harris County father who said he was in favor of school choice options that would allow parents to use state money for private schools.

He’s pleased with the public elementary school his daughter attends, but he generally supports as many choices as possible for parents.

Read more at the Dallas Morning News

Public Schools Are Spending Money Like Crazy, Despite Sharp Enrollment Declines

This pattern of spending is unsustainable. These schools are bleeding money.

The public education system has been failing students for years. From misappropriating funds to providing inadequate lessons and passing illiterate students; public schools are losing support. Despite this they continue receiving extensive budgets which do not properly represent enrollment rates, attendance numbers, or staffing issues.

While it is true that 2020 was an extremely difficult year for these taxpayer-funded institutions, those who blame the Covid-19 pandemic are using it as a scapegoat. Before the extensive government pandemic response, the nation was experiencing a teacher shortage and a political takeover of public schools — the likes of which had never been experienced — which has only increased during the political battle over public health issues.

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A mom wants to see book lists at her kids’ school. Fort Worth ISD wants her to pay $1200

When Jenny Crossland filed a records request with the Fort Worth school district asking for a list of books that teachers could assign in each grade-level, she thought the process would be simple.

“I was comparing the curriculum for my children … to see what school I want to put them in next year,” she told the Star-Telegram. “When I talked to charter and private schools they were really proud of their curriculum and could rattle things off.”

In response to her request in June, the district sent a cost estimate totaling $1,267.50 in order to process the request — citing the amount of time it would take to compile the requested information from various sources.

Read the full article at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Texas Board Of Education Pauses Plan To Wokify Public School History Instruction

Before its pivot, the state Board of Education was looking at a massive overhaul that would have changed how young Texans learn social studies.

The Texas State Board of Education voted 7 to 2 on Tuesday to table until 2025 what critics have warned would have been a woke overhaul of the Lone Star State’s social studies standards.

Working groups, made up of Texans selected from a pool of volunteers by the Texas Education Agency and tasked with developing the first major rewrite of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) social studies standards in decades, released draft proposals earlier this summer, some of which prioritized “inclusivity” over keeping fundamental American principles and founding documents at the forefront of learning.

Major backlash from Texans about these recommendations prompted the state Board of Education to announce a different plan. Now, the only social studies tweaking the board plans to do in the coming weeks will be on the mandatory civics and media literacy guidelines, including “identifying propaganda” outlined in the legislature’s recently passed Senate Bill 3.

Read the full article at The Federalist

Belton Parents Protest School Board’s Inaction on Sexually Explicit Books

An activist librarian at Belton Middle School defended the books in a TikTok video that went viral.

After a year of arguing with officials over sexually explicit books in students’ libraries, families in Belton Independent School District are protesting the trustees’ failure to act on their concerns about exposing kids to material many consider pornographic.

Last week, an activist librarian at Belton Middle School defended the books in a TikTok video that went viral, focusing even more attention on the district’s book disputes.

On Monday night, local parents, grandparents, and community members showed up at Belton’s school board meeting with signs and handouts depicting the objectionable content found in the books: graphic images and explicit descriptions of minors engaged in sex acts, violent rape scenes, and pervasive profanity.

Read the full article at the Texas Scorecard