"Parents should be allowed to decide how to educate their children, not whether to educate their children."
Everything changes in a Texas minute. The same week in July that the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) sabotaged Ethnic Studies textbooks-saying they would be too expensive, Governor Rick Perry pledged $144 million to send the National Guard to the Texas border.
Only institutionalized racism can explain how 50 years after The Civil Rights act was signed, Texas Hispanic youth do not have equal access to culturally relevant courses.
Using tablet computers to measure a 4-year-old's social and emotional development -- and then applying those scientifically untested results to a teacher's job security -- is an invitation to corrupt the entire public school experience.
It is clear that requiring Algebra II for all Texas graduates is in the best interest of the youth of this state: for their future and that of Texas. TLEC calls on local PTAs to make their voices heard and demand that its statewide organization reverse its position supporting lower expectations.