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The Source: What's Next For Edgewood ISD?

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Area elected leaders are working to find solutions for Edgewood ISD. The Westside school district’s board has been labeled dysfunctional by the Texas Education Agency.  But more importantly, Edgewood is also confronting an accreditation crisis.

These are dramatic days at Edgewood ISD. The school board has been split and unable to make decisions. A state appointed conservator has been appointed and an yet unnamed unelected board of managers is being assembled. They will replace the notoriously ineffective board of trustees.

But the community that depends on Edgewood ISD to prepare their children for college, the work force and life say they are frustrated and blame the problems on the district’s historic lack of financial support

State Representative Justin Rodriguez says, " Edgewood has been neglected from classrooms to resources to paying teachers to per-pupil spending in the classroom. And I tend to agree. There is still a serious deficiency when it comes to what school districts like edgewood are getting compared to some that have a property rich tax base.” 

The biggest threat facing Edgewood is its academic performance. The district is being warned that its accreditation could be revoked if test scores don’t improve. State Senator Jose Menendez told TPR’s the Source that wiping out Edgewood and merging it with a neighboring school district is not a solution.

“I think it would be a huge disservice to the community if the school district was put into peril – but sadly we’re here because due to the fact that people who were elected to do a job were at odds with each other.”

The Edgewood community is waiting to learn who are the five people that the TEA will appoint to be the board of managers. They will remain in place until the TEA can see student outcomes improve.
 

 
Guests:
 

  • Robert Duron, associate executive director of Governance Services at the Texas Association of School Boards
  • Jose Menendez, State Senator for district 26
  • Justin Rodriguez, Texas State House Representative for district 125
David Martin Davies can be reached at dmdavies@tpr.org and on Twitter at @DavidMartinDavi