Yesterday SB 738 was sent to the Governor’s Desk because of the hard work of its author, Sen. Florence Shapiro of Plano, and Rep. Mike Villareal of San Antonio.
This bill empowers parents of the children who attend a low-performing school to be directly involved in the process of improving their children’s school. Before the passage of SB 738, these parents had no voice or involvement in improving the school that was inadequately serving their kids. But now, this blatant disregard of parental authority has been corrected.
Rep. Mike Villareal deserves a special honor in this victory.
He submitted an amendment to improve the bill by empowering the parents to start the turn-around of their low-performing school several years earlier. With great patience and gentleness, he withstood repeated attacks from members of his own party to block this improvement to the bill. In the end, Rep. Villareal could not prevail over those who defended the status quo.
I believe we have a new standard bearer for education reform in the Texas House. All members of the House that say they want the best for the education of Texas’s children should line up in support of Rep. Villareal and follow his courageous example.