Pflugerville Hosts First-Ever PISD Education Power Hour
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Pflugerville Hosts First-Ever PISD Education Power Hour


Pflugerville ISD kicked off its grassroots legislative efforts Monday night by inviting educators and community members
to a forum with local legislators to voice their stance on public education in Texas. Texas Representatives Dawnna Dukes, Donna Howard and Mark Strama met with members of the PISD Board of
Trustees and district educators to discuss their educational priorities during the upcoming 83rd Texas Legislative Session. Texas Representatives Dawnna Dukes, Donna Howard and Mark Strama met with members of the PISD Board of
Trustees and district educators to discuss their educational priorities during the upcoming 83rd Texas Legislative Session. “It’s obvious why it’s important that we all advocate for education – because we as a
country have such a huge stake in whether the education system succeeds or fails. If people at the grassroots level make themselves heard, the political system
is responsive to that type of grass roots pressure. On education issues, politicians do respond to the voices of the voters. The district also moderated a question and answer session about state
issues such as accountability standards and school finance. Strama said a big topic up for debate is spending on public education. The legislature cut 5 billion dollars last session from public education. If we do that again we’re really saying to all those kids that
we have these high expectations for, ‘We expect you to get to here, but we’re not going to help you get to here’. Those high academic expectations were at the top of
the minds of educators and school board members. We need to stop waterboarding our children with tests
and retests and more tests and retests. We have got to figure out a way to have accountability
for children, schools, teachers and districts but not go overboard. Dessau Middle School teacher Ashley Stanky agreed, saying that she understands the
need for an accountability system but that the current system… does not work for all students and doesn’t give districts the
ability to tailor testing to students with different educational challenges. My hope is that our state will consider exempting some students from standardized testing, but giving local
voice in how to assess our students and in monitoring the success of our students. To learn more about PISD’s legislative priorities and how
you can get involved, visit the district’s website.

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