With regards to the community, HB 5 enhances the opportunity to share the ownership in our local schools. Partnerships among schools, the community, local colleges, business and industry will shape curriculum to address the workforce needs of tomorrow. Flexibility and local control are woven throughout this bill. Under HB 5, engaging the community and the students at the local campus and district level now become measurable to reflect a shared ownership.
As a school board member, I see this new legislation as a grand opportunity filled with prospects of promise. Although this bill is not perfect, it is perfect for our time. HB 5 provides us with a fresh start; a reset button to involve, educate and engage our local communities and students.
In its entirety, the implementation of HB 5 seems like a daunting task. Many of the bill provisions are scheduled to start this school year with others to be implemented through 2017.
Here is the best part: the overall implementation of HB 5 is not intended to be solely completed by school boards, superintendents, administrators, counselors, teachers and supporting staff alone. It is intended to include you – the community – the owners of our local public schools.
Today and under the umbrella of HB 5, school districts across Texas are in various stages of implementation. Through conversations, community meetings and business partnerships, the underlying promise in this bill, House Bill 5, is taking shape – to enhance student achievement.
True success will depend on how successful school districts and communities come together – making education a priority.
Bobby J. Rigues is the founder of Make Education a Priority, an Aledo ISD school board member and a Leadership TASB master trustee. He can be contacted at Brigues@att.net.