January 25, 2017 (Lufkin, Texas): The Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce passed a resolution stating their opposition concerning the “A” through “F” accountability rating system put in place for Angelina County public schools. After a series of discussions, the Chamber of Commerce Board unanimously passed the resolution. Per the new system, public school districts will be assigned a letter grade of “A” through “F” based on the schools performance in a variety of categories. The Chamber of Commerce Board believes that the “A” through “F” accountability system does not provide a meaningful or accurate assessment of the students, campus, or district performance. A single letter ranking inadequately addresses the needs of each individual district and could have negative impact on our ability to actively recruit and retain educators and businesses.
“Each student, school, and district is different” says Jim Johnson, President/CEO of the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce. “To put all schools on one scale of measurement is to do a disservice to the students and the districts.”
Scott Skelton with Skelton Slusher Barnhill Watkins & Wells, PLLC is the current chairman of the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs committee and pleased with the Chamber’s decision to oppose the new grading system. “As Governmental Affairs Chairman, i’m glad that the Chamber of Commerce has listened to and partnered with all of the school districts in Angelina County to let our State leaders know that the “A” through “F” rating system is flawed. I hope that the Resolution passed by the Chamber of Commerce will send a clear signal that this system is not good for Angelina County or East Texas.”
See resources below regarding the new “A” through “F” accountability rating system: