Under the new testing guidelines, high school students that attained low scores on the end-of-course exams or EOCs will have to retake those tests in July. State law requires the local school districts to prepare these students for the retests in summer school, but the Texas Legislature did not appropriate any money to offset the costs of this mandate. This is a prime example of a state unfunded mandate. That is, Austin politicians and bureaucrats come up with “good ideas”, but you local school district has to find the money to pay for them.
This would have never happened if the Texas Legislature would have passed my proposed constitutional amendment, HJR 46 , and sent the proposal to the people of Texas for eventual passage.
In rural East Texas, the challenges are unique. Angelina County’s Hudson ISD has never offered summer school because her school board realizes something that state legislatures and Congress won’t face up to: if you can’t afford it don’t do it. So therefore, Superintendent Mary Ann Whiteker and her staff concentrates on doing the job right the first time, during the school year, and based on mountains of data she achieves this goal. Transportation for students in the rural East Texas district often ends up costing more than paying the teachers to be there for the remedial instruction.