Austin, TX – Today, Texas schools will be receiving “A-F” letter grades in guise of better accountability. Ross Ramsey of The Texas Tribune wrote an analysis of the new controversial grading system pushed for by Republican lawmakers.
“But for a Legislature that can’t muster a consensus for what public schools should do and what they should cost, it’s a way to outsource the blame from the pink building to local ‘educrats.’”
“Accountability is an admirable thing in politics. It can show citizens where responsibility lies, the better to direct their blame and, more to the point, where to repair or replace policies that don’t work.”
“It can also diffuse responsibility. When today’s school grades come out, keep an eye on who’s taking the heat and who’s getting the credit. Ask yourself, as it unrolls, whether the right people are getting the right kind of attention.”
Texas Democratic Party Deputy Executive Director Manny Garcia issued the following statement:
“Republican politicians are trying to sell the public on judging students, schools, and teachers based on flawed data. Every parent knows their child is worth more than the results of an arbitrary test.
“The only people getting an “F” today should be Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton, and the Republican Legislature for refusing to invest in our children and defending their broken school finance system.
“High-stakes testing is out of control, our state’s future is at stake, and the buck stops with the Republican leadership.”