Let’s be clear: our students and teachers have to be focused on learning. Parents, however, have the ultimate say in how their child is educated. Texas is giving most of the control back to local districts- with strong guidance on how to respond to an active case of COVID-19.

Parents need to be engaged with teachers, school admins and school board officials to push for standards within the premise of local control which meet the needs of the students.

I will continue to push the governor and TEA to remove barriers — such as STAAR testing — to ensure that our children have a successful year of learning!