Resolution against vouchers on Victoria school board agenda

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

Jan. 16, 2013 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 16, 2013 at 7:17 p.m.

Susanne Carroll

Susanne Carroll

A resolution calling for the Texas Legislature to reject vouchers, taxpayer savings grants and tax credits will be a topic at the next Victoria school board meeting.

The resolution states, "diverting public money away from public schools is an inefficient use of scarce resources."

School Board President Tami Keeling said board member Michael DiSanto brought the statewide resolution to the attention of VISD Superintendent Robert Jaklich earlier this year.

"We will be speaking to the Legislature as one through this resolution," Keeling said. "It's a good way to make your voice heard on an issue."

At Thursday's meeting, board members will also review progress made during the 2011-12 academic school year.

A public hearing about the Academic Excellence Indicator System report will be conducted by Susanne Carroll, VISD's executive director of curriculum, instruction and accountability.

"We are going to show the demographic changes of our school district," Carroll said.

A growing Hispanic student population, a slight decrease in the drop-out rate and attendance will be among the many issues Carroll plans to present at the meeting.

Additionally, Carroll will present what plans the district has moving forward into the new year.

English as a Second Language students are among the district's priorities.

"The Hispanic population is already a majority of our student population," Carroll said. "We've moved from pulling a student from a class to an ESL teacher to sending teachers to the students so they don't miss out on classroom instruction."

Carroll said the district also hopes to have at least one certified ESL teacher at every grade level on every campus.

"We're not there yet, but we're getting very close," Carroll said.



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