Carroll ISD Formally Recognizes Parental Refusal Rights

February 24, 2024
This is a big one folks!  To be clear: it doesn’t change the law or  TEA positions.  This is simply an almost word for word regurgitation of what the TEA has been permitting for three years now.  It does not break new ground.  It communicates existing guidance and options.  But it is a BIG ONE! […]

New Letter – Requesting Facilitated Refusal

February 13, 2024
Patrons, this is our first big new letter in a long time!  Given the TEA’s guidance on accepting parental refusals, we have drafted a very conciliatory letter asking the school to accept our refusal without putting the kid in the room with the assessment.  This should be sent after the school replies to your opt […]

HB 1416 Opt Out of AI

August 16, 2023
Well toss the old HB 4545 letters away!  As we have been discussing, the Texas legislature did a big revamp on HB 4545 accelerated instruction with the HB 1416 amendments.  The most important change was to grant a broader and more explicit opt out right to parents.  After HB 4545, the TEA recognized an opt […]

Telling the Truth – Kudos to Lamar CISD!

April 24, 2023
During this time of the year, we hear so many terrible stories of teachers and administrators lying to parents and harassing them and sometimes their kids over their opt out decisions.  It’s the worst at the high school level, where the “you can’t graduate without STAAR” lie is yielded like a hammer. (Read here to […]

2023 Accountability and Assessment Bills – As of 1/15/23

January 21, 2023
HOUSE BILLS AS OF 1/15/2023 The following bills have been filed to date in the Texas House of Representatives. Our position is always subject to change as bills progress and legislative analysis or hearings take place.  If you are aware of any other accountability or assessment bills, please contact us at txedrights@gmail.com HB 748, 1225 […]

The CVEP Interview – The Oaks Private School

September 5, 2022
For years, we have promoted the CVEP (Credit Verification and Evaluation Program) as a proactive way for parents to plan for high school graduation without STAAR.  The CVEP program permits the student to attend and participate in all their local high school activities without ever taking STAAR.  After completing their credits, the student then “transfers” […]

My School Took My Kid’s Elective and Put Them In STAAR Classes!

August 7, 2022
Despite the clear language of the law, some schools have denied parental opt out from accelerated instruction and placed kids into STAAR prep classes.  After you have submitted your opt out, you must follow up if your child has been denied access to electives.  For that reason, we’ve added a new follow up letter to […]

“Unfortunately There is No Opt Out” – Try Again, Schools!

June 7, 2022
Tired of those school district letters saying “there is no opt out” for accelerated instruction under HB 4545?  Me too.  Because it’s not only a lie, it’s deliberate ignorance.  A minute of reading makes it clear. They’ve got me ranting tonight.

Losing My Summer or My Electives? False Choice!

May 25, 2022
This video is a wide ranging discussion of the scope of HB 4545, the provisions regarding accelerated instruction, the limits placed on schools and the parental right to refuse/opt out of AI under Education Code sec. 26.010.

HB 4545 Isn’t So Bad      

March 12, 2022
Ok, I’m lying.  It is a ridiculous and an incredibly stupid piece of legislation, thrown together and pushed down onto schools with no grassroots input or support by a bunch of knee jerk politicians in thrall to for profit tutoring, software, and publishing companies.  It reinforces both the idea that STAAR is a valid measure […]

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