CCISD doesn’t make the TEA grade

It’s the first day of school, and Clear Creek ISD is already struggling to make the grade. The Texas Education Agency released its 2018-2019 accountability ratings, and CCISD has slipped from an A to a B. You know who else has a B? Houston ISD, that hot mess to the north.

CCISD is slipping, there’s no question about it, and it’s on the Five (Page Rander, Jay Cunningham, Jennifer Broddle, Arturo Sanchez, and Dr. Laura Dupont). Those are the remaining Board of Trustee members that have decided to lock horns with the TEA and fight the ratings, even though numbers do not lie. Perhaps they’ve been so afraid of TEA scores because they saw this coming.

Always looking for an excuse, CCISD issued a statement claiming that an arbitrary rule enacted by the Commissioner of Education, which states that if one school earns a D, the district cannot be A rated, is to blame. We believe that any school district with a D-rated campus absolutely does not deserve an A rating.

Yup, that’s CCISD. Only 14 of its campuses earned A ratings, with the majority (22) earning a B, and six others earning a C. Of note, even with the very well-run science magnet at Brookside Intermediate, the campus still only earned a C. Apparently CCISD’s strategy to entice high-performing children to that campus can’t make up for the district ignoring the needs of the rest of the students.

The school that earned a D, Clear View High School, is the alternative school for at-risk students. If Clear View High School is such a wonderful learning environment, as Dr. Greg Smith claims in CCISD’s statement, why are those children not being given the support they need? Arguably many people have failed these children, and not just the school system, for most of their lives. But from the statement, it truly sounds like CCISD wants to sweep the alternative high school under the proverbial rug, cutting loose the 200 students that have likely been struggling since birth.

The statement CCISD issued also indicates that the district will appeal to the Commissioner of Education, which will likely incur massive attorney’s fees.

Instead of focusing resources on the children it is supposed to help, CCISD will focus on fighting TEA, once again. It takes a lot of nerve for Dr. Smith to state that CCISD has “worked hard, excelled and done so without sacrificing core values.” Unless, of course, CCISD’s core values are to ignore Special Education children, hide its financials, promote racism, and gerrymander its school boundaries.

No, we think the Five have a lot of explaining to do. Numbers don’t lie, and the numbers from TEA say that CCISD is slipping. It’s time to hold the district – and the Board of Trustees – accountable for what’s happening, not dismiss this as an “arbitrary” rule from the Commissioner of Education.

And it’s time to tell CCISD to stop throwing taxpayer money, our money, at its lawyers, hoping this will all go away.

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