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4 HaysFreePress.com March 13, 2013 LIFE BY THE DROP Kyle man spends hours each week in dialysis chair. - Page 1C Page 3B + PHOTOS BYTIMSAVOY Hays High Principal David Pierce, right, was surprised on Friday with an H-E-B Excellence in Education award; he received $1,000 for himself and $2,500 for the high school. Joel John- son, a seventh-grade English teacher at Chapa Middle School, also received a surprise award; she received $1,000 for herself and $1,000 for her school. Principal Lisa Walls helped put the sash on Johnson. State finalists will be invited to compete against other educators for the chance to win greater cash prizes ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. Overall statewide winners will be announced in May. ACC partners with Texas State for dual enrollment SUBMrn'ED REPORT least 2.25, students will be 8uar- elor's degree." anteed full admission for most Students in both programs Austin Community College Texas State majors for the com- will benefit from smaller, co- (ACC) and Texas State Universi- pletion of a bachelor's degree, hort-tailored classes with high tyannouncedtheirpartnership, Pathway Program studentsacademic standards at ACC the Pathway Program, during can also live in Texas State resi- while being introduced to the the construction topping-out dence halls their first year. student life and academic ex- celebration for the ACC Hays "With every education part- pectations of the universities. Campus. Beginning in fall 2014, nership we form, we are that' The programs also allow for the program will allow students much closer to reaching our participants to have access to a to take courses at ACC and Tex- collective goal - creating ac- variety of activities and services as State simultaneously, celerated pathways for more through both ACC and their A similar program exists be- students to achieve a college partnering institution. tween ACC and the University education," said Dr. Richard ACC is the top source of ofTexasatAustin (UTAustin). Rhodes, ACC president/CEO, transfer students to area uni- Students in the program will "Our co-enroUment programs versities. According to data complete the core curriculum at with UT Austin and Texas State from ACC, students who trans- ACC's Hays Campus in the Kyle/ allow students to save on tu- fer to UT Austin and Texas State Buda area, scheduled to open ition, earn an associate degree, from ACC perform, on average, in spring 2014. As long as they and have a seamless transition better than other community maintain a cumulative GPA of at as they work toward their bach- college transfer students. PHOTO COURTESY OF TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com "It gives school districts the flexibility to manage their own curriculum, teachers the freedom to attend to the needs of their students, and parents the ability to have more say in ensuring the best education for their children, driving competition, innovation, and excellence." An expansion of alternate forms of assessment other than STAAR could also have a negative financial impact on Pearson, the company that develops the test questions, prints and distrib- utes test booklets and scores the exams. Texas spends $468 million for Pearson's current five-year contract. "House Bill 300, the Independent -Jason Isaac, Dist. 45 State Representative House Bill (HB) 300, filed on March 6 by Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs), offers an alternative to the current 1,100 page education code in the form of a 62-page document. Isaac says this comprehensive legis- School District bill, offers an alterna- lation outlines a new approach to pub- tive to the current 1,100 page education lic education, code in the form of a 62 page docu- If passed, the Texas Education Code countable for poor performance, rent use of average daily attendance, ment," Isaac said in a statement. "It would be amended by adding Tide 7, In essence, the bill would pave the Absent students count against schools gives school districts the flexibility to which would read as follows: Altema- way for parents to send their children to in terms of funding, manage their own curriculum, teachers tive public education governance sys- another public school within the same Isaac said a school board member the freedom to attend to the needs of tem chapter 2100. district, or potentially a nearby district, from Dallas ISD told him that not having their students, and parents the ability to The bill allows for the voluntary Isaac said families would be assured to count every student every daywould have more sayin ensuring the best edu- adoption of an alternative public edu- that the full allotment of public funding save that district about five percent of cation for their children, driving corn- cation governance system that includes attributable to a student will follow that their overhead budget, or around $75 petition, innovation, and excellence." both independent school districts and student to whichever school he or she million every year. That's $75 million to The bill would also allow Texas to charter schools, attends, instead spend on, for example, teach- "create and maintain a system ofcertifi- Language in the bill says, "Safeguard- Under Tide 7, Isaac wants schools er'ssalaries, welding classes and digital cation to ensure that the goal chosen for ing the health and safety of students to determine their own accountability instructional materials, a school will, when achieved, have pre- and other persons affected by the op- plan subject to limited and well-defined According to Isaac, this bill does not pared each student for the next stage eration of public schools is paramount, state approval. That plan would outline attempt to address the school funding of life, whether that is further formal and for that reason it is appropriate that each school's goals, develop measur- issue, which is a separate and equally education, meaningful employment provisions of this code designed to pro- able academic milestones for students important discussion, and participation in the civic life of the tect health and safety apply in relation in each grade and conduct assessments He said under his plan, there would community, or both." to the public schools operating under to determine if the milestones are met. be a weighted formula to ensure that Isaac said the legislation was devel- thistifle." For example, a school may choose to the per-student amount in an ADA opedbyabipartisangroupofeducators A news release from Isaac's office said usetheIowaMeansTestinsteadofState based district is about the same as the including Ron Franklin, former Hous- HB 300 would allow school districts to of Texas Assessment of Academic Read- per-student amount in an enrollment ton ISD Board President. opt-out of the current mandate-filled iness (STAAR). Schools may also decide based district. However, because the This bill must pass the House Corn- education code and instead implement to use the ACT or SAT, which are tests districts will no longer be subject to "a mittee, the Senate Committee and get their own plan for student achievement many students already take, in place of seemingly endless list of unfunded state approval by Gov. Rick Perry before it can and accountability. STAAR. mandates," the net effect will be more become a law. HB 300 has not yet been The bill would allow districts local Under this bill, money would be al- money to spend in other areas, assigned to a committee for hearings. control and freedom to decide how to located directly to schools (instead of to Depending on how many districts No companion bill has been filed in the use and allocate resources most effec- the district) on aper student basis, Isaac opt into the new system, competitive Texas Senate. tively. Those districts would also have said the amount for each school will be choice could become a driving factor in The last day for legislators to file bills more authority to hold schools ac- based on enrollment instead of the cur- howparents select a school, was March 8. ;D SCHOOL BRIEFS Hays High School Project Graduation yard sale Stop by the Hays High Proj- ect Graduation yard sale from 7:30 a.m.-noon, March 23 in front of the Joe Graham Gym at the high school. For more information or to donate items, contact Virginia Marti- nez, virgmtz@gmail.com. All funds raised will benefit Proj- ect Graduation, an all-night event that prevents graduated seniors from driving drunk. Take the Hays CISD customer service survey Hays Consolidated Inde- pendent School District (CISD) is conducting its second an- nual Customer Service Survey March 18-29 to hear what parents and the community members have to say about how well the district serves the community. Hays CISD leader- ship uses survey data when assessing the performance of individual campuses and the district overall. Customer concerns help shape planning for the upcoming school year. The district again hired the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) to administer the survey as a third party to ensure confidentiality for all survey participants. TASB will send the electronic survey link to all parents who have an email address on file with the district. Parents with no email address on file will receive a paper survey through the U.S. Postal Service. A limited num- ber of paper copies in both English and Spanish will also be available at each campus and central office. Community members who wish to partici- pate may do so during the last two weeks of March; check the Hays CISD website for the survey link. Hays CISD art exhibition displays students' most impressive work Students from across the district and throughout all grade levels will have their most impressive work on display at the annual student art exhibition. Viewing hours are from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mar. 18-28 at the Old Kyle Library (across the street from Kyle El- ementary). The official recep- tion for families of students with art in the exhibition is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 21. That night, parents and fami- lies can create fun art projects, enjoy musical performances and see living statues. The art exhibition is free and open to the public during normal viewing hours. 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