Parent Weekly | July 20, 2012

There is a lot going on in your life as a parent and a lot going on in the Greater Houston Education Village. To assist you in staying informed we bring you a weekly list of links for the top education stories and events.

Error in Harris County Education Election
“Harris County officials are scrambling to resolve a mistake involving the May primary election for trustees of the Harris County Department of Education, less than a week before early voting begins for a runoff election. The county relied on outdated district boundaries when it distributed ballots for the school trustee primary elections in May, which means some voters could have cast ballots in the wrong district and others who should have had a chance to vote were excluded.” This may be significant.

TEA’s Regional Influence
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has established regional centers across the State. “The state-funded centers help school districts form cooperatives to increase their purchasing powers…” Reliance on these centers has increased as the result of shortfalls in education funding.

Free Family Counseling from Harris County
“[T]he Community Youth Services, a Harris County crisis intervention and case management program … provides free voluntary counseling to at-risk youth and their families…[to help]… find constructive ways to communicate, cope with grief and better function as a family.” Families should be aware of this program in case a need arises or you find someone who could benefit from the much needed services.

No to Common Standards for Texas
New nationally developed common science standards may be on the horizon, but it is not likely that they will make their way into Texas classrooms soon. This link gives some insight.

Temporary AYP Results from STAAR
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has developed a temporary fix to the required Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) reporting during the transition to the new State assessment, STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness). For the report, TEA is converting STAAR data to more relatable Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) terminology so that parents have a familiar way to understand how successful their children tested on STAAR. The conversion is necessary because standards for STAAR have not been established. “[S]tudents will not be held accountable for the bridge study results.”

College Credit Prevents Dropouts
This news clip from the Public Broadcast System (PBS) tells how one Texas community has preventative measures for potential dropouts using continued education, specifically college credit. Food for thought.

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