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Kara Goes to Austin

Kara DeRocha addresses the Texas Senate Committee on Education to oppose Special Session SB2, relating to public school finance, including the establishment of a tax credit scholarship and educational expense assistance program.

The Senate committee passed the measure on July 25th and has now forwarded the bill to the House, where it will be considered in the House Public Education Committee.

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Monday, September 25, 2017 12:00 AM

Off the Kuff: Interview with Kara DeRocha

We move now to another district with a retiring Trustee. Mike Lunceford has served District V for two terms, and despite some confusion at the end of last year about his intentions, has decided to call it a career as a member of the HISD Board. Four candidates are vying to succeed him, and I have interviews with three of them. First up is Kara DeRocha. DeRocha is a graduate of of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at LSU and has worked as an environmental consultant and contractor to environmental firms. The mother of three kids at HISD schools, she has been an outspoken advocate on behalf of special education.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017 12:00 AM

Tensions flare in committee hearing over vouchers

Tempers flared Friday during a Senate committee hearing on school vouchers, and at the heart of the debate is what the bill might mean for students in public schools.

Kara DeRocha is the mother of a 13 year-old special needs student. She said navigating public education hasn’t been easy.


Excerpt from Spectrum News Austin

Friday, July 21, 2017 12:00 AM

Senate panel advances school finance, ‘private school choice’ bills

“Do not use the backs of these very special children as a pawn for your political schemes,” said Kara DeRocha, a Houston resident whose child is in special education.

Excerpt from the Austin-American Statesman

Friday, July 21, 2017 12:00 AM

Texans sound off on hotly contested issues in Austin

Debate on the [school voucher] bill grew tense at times, including in an exchange between Republican Sen. Bob Hall, a fan of the bill, and Kara DeRocha, a trustee [sic] from Houston Independent School District, who has a 13-year-old son diagnosed as emotionally disturbed and is opposed to the legislation.

"It's insulting to me because I spent a lot of time to get to Austin," said DeRocha, who was testifying on a bill for the first time. "It's like he was trying to put his thumb on me."

Excerpt from the Houston Chronicle

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.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:00 AM

HISD administrator resigns after special education troubles uncovered

Big news in HISD regarding Special Education. The Assistant Superintendent of Special Education Services for HISD has resigned. This is the same administrator that said, "Special Education does not deliver better outcomes for kids." Here is a link to another relevant article:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 12:00 AM

The Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of A Special Education Student

Ruling by Supreme Court is a win for Special Education students.

Thursday, February 9, 2017 12:00 AM

On split vote, HISD board agrees to put 'recapture' back on ballot

Houstonians will go back to the polls in May to vote on Recapture again.

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