Peaster ISD Superintendent Calls Out Governor on Parents’ Rights

In a YouTube video released today, Peaster ISD superintendent Lance Johnson called out the hypocrisy of Gov. Abbott’s political theatre ploy of announcing his fealty to the so called “parents’ rights” movement that is gaining political currency amongst the Republican electorate. After focusing on the school shutdown and mask mandates that came from the Abbott administration, Supt. Johnson then moves to the issue that motivates us at TPERN: the right of parents to refuse their child’s participation in the STATE STAAR accountability assessments. Johnson correctly notes that Abbott has never voiced support for parental rights in this area. And he points out that we haven’t heard STAAR opt out mentioned by Abbott in his latest “parents rights” speechmaking. Supt. Johnson labels it for what is is: political grandstanding that has no real basis in reality when you look at Abbott’s actual beliefs as evidence by his governance of the state, his appointees at the TEA, and his non-mentions of STAAR in any of these speeches. And he closes by arguing for the complete abolition of STAAR. Superintendent Johnson, whether our supporters agree about masks and school closures is unimportant. We thank you for standing up for parents rights and for the kids on the issue of STAAR and parental opt out.

February 14, 2022

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February 14, 2022

Comments (2)

  • Absolutely Love this Video! Thank you for having God’s Grace to do this for children, parent’s, and Teacher’s! God Bless you!

  • Thank goodness there is an administrator in TEXAS that is standing up for parents rights and students. I am a retired teacher of 25 years and I would like to say what a joke the STARR assessment is. It is undue stress on students, teachers, and parents. It requires the teachers to teach to the test rather than spend classroom time teaching what students really need to learn.
    I believe that if parents were allowed to see this assessment and review it there would be many in an uproar about the questions and the way they are presented. The test is NOT a fair evaluation of a students overall knowledge of the subjects. The questions are written in many instances to trick the students. Is this really what we want in our school systems??
    Parents…..stand up for you and your children‘s rights. There is A LOT of our tax dollars going toward the cost of this assessment! Check it out!

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