Kids currently out of school could remain out up entire the end of the school year, according to one Texas Education Commissioner.
The Texas Tribune reports:
Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath told school superintendents and lawmakers Sunday to be prepared for long-term school district closures, potentially through the end of the school year...
Morath suggested superintendents consider telling parents sooner rather than later that closures would stretch beyond a few weeks. The extended school closures would be a burden for low-income and working parents, who would more likely struggle to keep their children home for long periods of time.
The state has already said school districts with prolonged school closures due to coronavirus concerns may avoid financial penalties, as long as they can prove they are teaching students remotely...
A bipartisan group of lawmakers has called for the state to cancel the (STAAR) test, since school districts have limited classroom instruction...
The federal government plans to offer waivers from testing requirements for areas heavily impacted by the disease. According to the article, it does sound like the agency will ultimately leave the decision up to local superintendents.
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