School’s back in session: What to know

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School’s back in session: What to know 🚌

Back to School newsletter lead imageThis month, roughly 5.5 million Texas children boarded school buses, were driven or walked to school for the start of the 2023-24 school year.

As we noted last week, the kindergarteners walking through the school doors this week will constitute the core of the graduating class of 2036, Texas’ bicentennial year.

We talk all things Back to School in this week’s newsletter.

Texas’ school districts, by the numbers:

Number of school districts in TX graphicFive largest school districts in TX graphicFive smallest school districts in TX graphic

STAAR results are out. Here’s what you need to know:

Our education policy team has been poring over the 2023 Grades 3-8 STAAR results since their release this week in order to glean insights on where state leaders should direct resources in the coming years.

Read more:

✏️  Media Statement: Mary Lynn Pruneda on 2023 STAAR Results

✏️ Does “passing” the STAAR mean your student is on grade level?

✏️ TEA releases STAAR exam results: Here’s what you need to know

Did you know?

Judson schoolhouse LongviewPublic education isn’t just important to Texans now. It was a founding principle of the Republic of Texas.

In Texas’ Declaration of Independence of 1836, Texas’ founders laid out a series of grievances to justify taking up arms against the government. Among those grievances? They took the Mexican government to task for its failure to provide a system of public education.

Fun Fact: The Texas public school system was founded in 1854 — predating our Constitution of 1876, which mandates an “efficient system of public free schools.”

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