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Waskom ISD joins education lawsuit

By BY Joe Holloway jholloway@news-journal.com
Nov. 28, 2012 at 10 p.m.


Waskom ISD joined a statewide coalition this past week suing the Texas Education Agency to overturn the annual yearly progress ratings issued under the No Child Left Behind Act.

Superintendent Jimmy Cox said the system requires 100 percent of public school students to pass state assessments in reading and math.

"The guidelines, the criteria in No Child Left Behind are just out there, beyond what is obtainable by us as public schools," Cox said.

According to an August press release from the TEA, 44 percent of Texas campuses achieved an 87 percent passing rate for reading and an 83 percent passing rate for math on state standardized tests for the year.

Waskom is one of the school districts that didn't, and according to Cox, that isn't likely to change anytime soon.

"I sat down with my principals the other day and we were looking at scores, data and these requirements of NCBL and AYP," he said. "One thing I can definitely tell you is that Waskom will never meet AYP again until the law changes."

DeEtta Culbertson, public information officer for TEA, said the organization is following federal law.

WISD is one of about 100 districts involved in the lawsuit organized by the Texas Association of Community Schools.

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