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A Voice for All

Now, more than ever, the HISD School Board needs voices from parents. We must take care that all our children, including those with special needs, receive a well-rounded education. Far too often teachers are left out of critical decision-making processes that directly impact their students and classrooms.   

An emphasis on high-stakes testing has taken over the public education system, putting an unfair burden on HISD teachers, particularly those working in high need schools. Teaching to the whole child has been lost in the race for "good" or improved STAAR scores. HISD is moving in the right direction by removing STAAR results from teacher evaluations in February 2017, but this policy also needs to encompass principal evaluations to encourage in-depth instruction in classrooms.

Budget cuts to education by the Texas Legislature have severely impacted HISD, and Recapture payments will continue to do so. With our limited funds we need to ensure that tax payer dollars are used efficiently.  Proposed programs should be fully vetted with appropriate studies proving efficacy. As much as possible, we need to be sure that funds are going where they are needed most - into classrooms.

Our schools lack resources to aid educators in inclusion – which is not only a disservice to special education students, but to general education students as well. Kara believes that there should be a voice on the HISD School Board that can truly understand the family experience with special education in both the ARD and IEP process and also has first-hand knowledge of the struggles this causes for the special education student, neuro-typical students in the same class, and teachers. 

As a parent, community organizer and education advocate, Kara believes we can do better for our children and will work tirelessly to be a consistent and compelling voice for ALL communities within HISD. 




Thursday, May 11, 2017 12:00 AM

Vouchers Added to School Finance Bill

The Texas Senate added SB3 (School Vouchers Bill) to SB 21 (School Finance Bill) and it could be voted on by the full Senate as early as Monday, May 15, 2017.  

Sunday, May 7, 2017 12:00 AM

Prop 1 Passes

Thursday, April 6, 2017 12:00 AM

Dan Patrick asked for a House vote on school choice. He got it.

It's been said before, but they said it vouchers are dead in the Texas House.  Thank you, Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Humble).

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 12:00 AM

***Kara DeRocha Talks About Special Education*** Four Things Texans Want the Legislature to Know About Special Education

Last month I participated in round table discussions on education hosted by The Texas Tribune.  I was placed in the Special Education discussion group and presented the results of our conversation.  This article covers four of the issues we raised with the Texas Special Education system.

Sunday, April 2, 2017 12:00 AM

House panel approves scaling back A-F grading system for schools

This article has a brief, but effective, description of the A-F system for grading schools and why public educators are unhappy with it. The article indicates that our schools will get some relief.  Here's hoping.

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