Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 1697, allowing parents to better support their child’s learning

Senate Bill 1697 grants parents new rights and options
 Texas Legislature passes Senate Bill 1697

 Texas Legislature passes Senate Bill 1697

AUSTIN, Texas –Due to the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic throughout the 2021-21 school year, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 1697. One out of several new rights the 87th Legislature grants to Texas parents for this upcoming school year is to decide if their child should repeat a course or grade. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is putting together resources for parents to use for supporting future decisions they may make. For more information, parents can visit www.tea.texas.gov/parents.

 Texas Legislature passes Senate Bill 1697: More resources are available

This new option is significant for the parents of nearly 25,000 children in Texas who were eligible for kindergarten in School Year 2020-21, but who did not enroll. It’s also important for those kindergarteners who had a significantly disturbed school year. Click here for resources to inform this decision.

The opportunity for students to decide whether to repeat a course or grade may also be beneficial for children in older grade levels who struggled academically. Click here for resources regarding this decision.

Texas parents who believe his or her child would benefit from repeating a course or grade have the right to make this decision now. If a parent believes it is best for their child to repeat a grade or course, they must inform their school in writing before the start of the upcoming school year. Schools are beginning to plan now; therefore, parents interested in this option should contact their school district as soon as possible. Although parents now have the final decision as to whether a student needs to repeat a course or grade level, schools can provide input to further inform a parent’s decision.

For students in grade level 4 and above, this option only exists for the 2021-22 school year. The option is permanent for Pre-K through grade level 3 students.

More information on the process, along with resources to support parents in making the best decision for their child, can be found on a new TEA webpage. Visit http://www.tea.texas.gov/parents for more information. To see an explanatory video on how this process works, please view here.