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Public Testimony for HB 1776 to the Texas House of Representatives: Committee on Public Education -- March 21, 2017

by Superintendent's Corner

Posted on May 5, 2017

Good morning, my name is Randy Willis, and I am the Superintendent of Schools for Granger Independent School District. I am testifying  FOR HB 1776……on behalf of the students and teachers of my school district, the 360 district members of The Texas Rural Education Association (TREA),

I strongly support this bill.  I laid in recommendation for “an assessment plan for education policy makers” in August of 2016.  This plan was reviewed with the educational analyst in the Governor’s office, the Lt Governor’s office, Senator Taylor’s (Chair for the Senate Pubic Education committee) office, Representative Hurberty’s office, and with Representative VanDeaver’s Office. I can make available the complete three ring binder of the assessment plan for any committee member should they wish.

Within the binder, Tab 4 in the plan reviews the idea that Texas should explore the US Citizenship Exam as a means of replacing the US History EOC exam. This would emphasize the value of learning the importance of our founding documents, understanding how our government works, and essential events in US History. Our young graduates need to understand how to be active citizens and participate in our great democratic government. US History would still be a graduation course requirement.

I strongly support passing HB 1776. Texas would be leading the nation with this innovative legislation.

Randy Willis

Superintendent of Schools

Granger ISD

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