By Kenric Ward
Texas families hope 2017 will be a good school year for their children. But the odds are against thousands of pupils stuck at failing campuses across the Lone Star State.
Some 241 campuses and 39 school districts were designated “improvement required/academically unacceptable” by the Texas Education Agency in 2016.
What’s worse, 204 campuses and 18 districts — including some charter schools and academies — have been on the failing list for two or more consecutive years.
Kashmere High School in Houston has flunked TEA’s minimum scholastic standards for seven straight years, the longest stretch of any campus. Among its shortcomings, the campus hasn’t had a single certified math teacher on staff.
Crockett Elementary School in the Midland Independent School District has been on the unacceptable list for six consecutive years.
Marlin ISD, a half hour southeast of Waco, scored a failing grade for the fifth straight year. TEA said Marlin is in the process of installing a board of managers to oversee the district.