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  •  First...If you don't know how schools in Texas (9+ / 0-)

    operate then it's easy to assume this is a state wide issue. It is not. Texas does not have a true state run department of education. Schools are run by local authority. The State Board of Education does recommend history books and the like, but guess what? A district is well within its rights not to use the state recommended book. As long as the district is in compliance with the state adopted curriculum--which is very broad, then it's all good.

    The district my kids attend/attended (I have two who are now alumni and college grads) has rated exemplary from the beginning. Next year, my youngest will be a sophomore and will begin taking dual enrollment classes via Tarleton University. The tests my kid has taken were not easy, not by a long shot. He's in advanced placement classes now--it's not a cake walk. But our district has made having college ready kiddos a priority. We're a small school true, but we have the greatest percentage of college grads in our county. That says a lot.

    Do I agree with the stupidity the state education board has engaged in as far as what's acceptable in Texas. No. Absolutely not. But I do know on a local level, my district is sane.

    Stay tuned though, despite a windfall in the Texas budget, Perry and his host of money grubbers will be looking for a way to push vouchers and more charter schools.

    •  My sympathies on your increasing (3+ / 0-)
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      coquiero, DRo, FloridaSNMOM

      local property taxes.  Count on it!

      I am in Dallas.  I know.

      I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

      by tom 47 on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 11:05:40 AM PST

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