Standing with superintendents and board members from more than 60 North Texas districts, Garland ISD leaders participated in the Region X Area Legislative Priorities Press Conference. This event was held Jan. 9 at the district’s Curtis Culwell Center. Attendees voiced interests and concerns regarding the 85th Texas Legislative Session, which began Jan. 10. They called for additional funding for public schools and opposed a potential school voucher system. Superintendents and board members also questioned the impending A-F rating system.
In August of 2018, school districts and campuses will receive a letter grade instead of the current Met Standard or Improvement Required ratings. With preliminary results released Jan. 6, educators wonder whether the new system accurately represents academic performance. They also wonder whether it negatively affects low socioeconomic campuses.
“We all stand together to make education a priority. We stand together to send a message to our legislature that we stand for kids,” said GISD Trustee Rick Lambert. "We hope that as they deliberate and do their hard work during this session, that they will keep in mind the best interest of all students."
To watch the entire press conference, visit the district’s YouTube channel.