Another example of an unfunded mandate from the legislature to the schools.
It's a nice thought to have everyone reading on grade level before they advance
in the primary grades, but the legislature has just opened many more "cans of
worms" in passing this bill. This could be a big mess...an unfunded big mess!
The legislature didn't fund the new 11,000 students who are slated to start
school - which in turns reduces the weighted per pupil spending. Why would they
fund remediation? Let's punish all the students because money will need to be
divereted to pay for Ms. Morgan's bill.
Hey Karen Morgan, can you run my idea as a bill. I think we should force all
people to take part in a running program by the time they are 30. Just think of
the benefits of having everyone in shape during the 30s 40s and beyond.
Teachers would love to have all students reading on grade-level... so how about
this 'students will now need to come to school ready to learn to read' when
students enroll for kindergarten... 'I'm sorry, go home and learn how to open a
book, be able to identify the front of a book/back of a book, hold your book
upside-right, and know the way to go when you read and we'll see you next year
:( In order to have students all reading on grade level by end of 1st grade &
2nd grade & 3rd grade we will need some basic entry level mandatory skills. Plus, Texas has already tried this, how has it worked for them??
Wow Stowell and Madsen vote against an Education bill that will be devasting
when it comes to funding. Madsen, because it effects Charter schools, Stowell
who knows why.
Reading is very important but the last thing we need is another unfunded
mandate. THey cut money for reading recovery and then require remediation?
Reading on grade level will not make or break a students ability later in life.
I graduated with people who were not very good readers, but they graduated
college and have done well for themselves. I also graduated with people who
were GREAT readers and have not done nearly as well. Letter home:Dear Parent,According to Senator Karen Morgan, even though your child is
getting all A's and is in the top of the class, except for reading, your child
is stupid. We will be holding your child back. Sincerely, Your Student's
Teacher.Thanks Karen... you're a champ!
The same parents who do not read with their children are the ones who will fight
retention when their children are underachieving. While it doesn't seem to be
important to them that their child reads well, a well-documented indicator of
future academic success, it does matter that they themselves not be forced to do
their jobs as parents. What reasonable person believes that only schools should
be held accountable for student achievement?