SCHOOL SAFETY, FLEXIBILITY AND FREEDOM PLAN -
THE JUSTICE FOUNDATION PROPOSES TEXAS REGULATION ALLOWING OFF-CAMPUS INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS FOR TEXAS PARENTS
With the Covid crisis upon us, Allan Parker, as an individual Texas citizen and as President of The Justice Foundation announced, "I have submitted proposed regulations to the Commissioner of Education asking him to use his existing authority under Texas Education Code § 48.007 to adopt regulations allowing parents more choice because of the pandemic to choose Off-Campus Instructional Programs. The Commissioner can and should do exactly what President Trump has suggested. Allow kids to go to school off-campus if the public school does not. Texas law allows it. It is time to do it."
Publicly funded education for all students of all backgrounds, does not have to be provided only in a government school with government employees. Safety, flexibility, and freedom are now available.
The program would provide:
1) More safety for children and parental choice in education in difficult times;
2) Protection of vulnerable students such as special needs, at risk, low socio-economic status, etc.;
3) Protection of school districts in that the students would be counted for average daily attendance even if they are attending an off campus program. The school district would keep 15% - 25% of the money for its administrative and fixed costs.
Parker, a former Professor of Education Law, and designated by the Texas Board of Education as a Hero for Children, said, "The Texas Education Code clearly gives the Education Commissioner the discretionary power to create and allow Off-Campus Instructional Programs to be included in school district average daily attendance.
Please sign and share the Petition (click here).
We need all hands on deck! "It's time to praise the Lord, pray and pass the ammunition!" The Commissioner has the existing authority to do this under current law, but it is discretionary. He needs courage, boldness and vision to do this now!
He needs your voice and support! The educational bureaucracy will most likely oppose this. The Commissioner needs to hear from you.