What a difference a legislative session can make regarding public education. Much of that difference, which yielded more money for public schools, less state-mandated testing for students and an expansion of Texas’ independent charter schools, was spurred by external factors — the courts, pressure from parents, teacher organizations and business groups as well as grass-roots activism. It helped, too, that the state’s economy has rebounded since the 2011 legislative session, making more money available for public education.
But clearly, outside pressure made a huge difference — for the better — in shaping reforms and increasing resources for Texas’ 5 million students.
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