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Senate Ed Committee Focuses on Interim Charges
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  • Asked for the state to assist in any way with expediting FEMA fund availability, with increased incidental costs – especially with transportation – that have occurred;
  • Asked that thought be given to the possible effects of the hurricane on the accountability system – from the social-emotional impact on students and teachers to the economic and geographic impact on the state. Some superintendents asked that all districts be held harmless if accountability ratings are worse this year than last, and others asked the state to forgo ratings all together for districts impacted by the storm.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) indicated that some districts and teachers would take advantage of the situation if accountability and testing provisions were waived for the entire state.

The House Public Education Committee will keep the accountability conversation going when it meets on November 14 at 9 am. The committee will discuss what the state can do to prevent unintended consequences to both students and districts in the state accountability system as a result of Harvey. Watch the hearing live.

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