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Now, bullies can be transferred
by Tim Delaney, Progress Editor
May 04, 2012 | 1410 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
THREE RIVERS – School districts have had the authority to transfer a victim of bullying to eliminate the problem, but now that determination to transfer can be extended to the bully.

And the Three Rivers school board voted unanimously to adopt an amendment to the local policy that authorizes transferring of bullies Monday, April 23.

The board acted on the recommendation of the Texas Association of School Boards. The change in the local policy brings the Three Rivers school district in compliance with House Bill 1942, which calls for schools to be free from bullying.

The school board also unanimously adopted a resolution supported by the Texas Association of School Administrators to change the way standardized testing is done.

Superintendent Kenneth Rohrbach said 380 school districts have adopted the resolution.

Rohrbach said school districts currently are “held accountable on how they perform on one day.”

He said there is an overemphasis on standardized testing, and that the testing is “strangling public schools.”

Rohrbach said accountability of school districts is necessary, but the current method is not acceptable.

Trustees also unanimously adopted a resolution calling on the next Legislature, convening in January, to place education funding as its priority.

The resolution has been adopted by 624 school districts, according to Rohrbach.

Rohrbach said the amount of education funding is “negatively affecting children.”

He said the state fell short in funding school districts in the last Legislature.

He commented that the issue of redistricting got in the way and that the Legislature could have funded the districts well enough had it used the Rainy Day fund.

“They have got to give this more time,” he said.

Trustees also:

Honored Michael Casarez for winning the powerlifting state championship.

Approved amending the budget to receive additional money from state for at risk students in the amount of $134,225 – also expenditures totalling about $86,000.

Approved authorizing the superintendent to purchase property north of the baseball fields.

Set Monday, May 14 at 6 p.m. for the school board’s next meeting.
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