Education official pushes for school grades

A-F rating will be given to schools


SAN ANTONIO - If Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has his way, schools and school districts in Texas will be rated on an A to F rating. 

For Northside Independent School District spokesman Pascual Gonzalez, the rating system may not be a good idea.

“While it's easy for people to understand, it's really not reflect the depth the things that need to be evaluated in a public school,” said Gonzalez outside NISD headquarters Tuesday afternoon.

Gonzalez said Northside ISD has 100,000 students in 112 schools in the district. 

He said the rating system, "doesn’t take into account all the very many variables that are involved with the school.”

A web poll is embedded here.

Parents at a local park had mixed feelings on a new rating system. 

Some think it would be a great idea. 

Chelsea Johns said, “I know some school have good reps, some schools have bad reps, so it does matter to me where my child goes to school, that's for sure."

Williams told the education committee that he planned to simply order the change beginning in the academic year of 2014, without waiting for legislative approval.

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