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North Texas Moms Say State Education System Is Failing Their Kids

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Bill Zeeble

North Texas parents are complaining the state demands too many tests for their kids to succeed in school.

Josi Lauritzen, with two children in Richardson elementary school,  says the system has to change. The PTA board member says it’s not working for parents.

“When their kids get in third grade, they start having stomach aches every day. And they start not wanting to go to school, and they start worrying about their performance on the test. And the anxiety…it’s real. These kids are raked with anxiety about whether they’re going to pass a test or not.”

Lauritzen was one of about fifty moms in Lewisville Wednesday to hear parent-activists who are demanding changes in public education. They want lawmakers to restore education funding slashed two years ago. They also want to cut most of the 15 high school tests now required for students to pass. Lawmakers have indicated they agree with parents on that issue, and may change the law. 

Bill Zeeble has been a full-time reporter at KERA since 1992, covering everything from medicine to the Mavericks and education to environmental issues.