Three cheers for the La Marque Independent School District.
The Texas Education Agency approved the district’s plan for maintaining its solvency.
It was a big deal when the state rejected two of the district’s earlier plans. It’s a big deal now that the state has finally said OK.
But first, let’s get the “buts” out of the way.
Yes, this is good news. But if the school district doesn’t follow the plan, it’s going to be in serious trouble. No secret there. That’s pretty much a matter of law.
However, the school district has been following this plan — approved or not — for about a year. It’s been making progress.
Yes, this is good news. But the school district still has to work with an external, independent provider of professional services.
Actually, under new Superintendent Terri Watkins, the school district has been working with the Harris County Department of Education. From the outside looking in, that relationship seems to be respectful and productive. It’s hard to see a problem there.
After acknowledging those provisos, it’s time to celebrate the good news.
The solvency plan is a financial map through 2016. Now that it’s approved, the district just has to follow the plan.
The district does have challenges ahead. And let’s be honest: The biggest ones are going to involve academics, rather than finances.
But a year ago, it was almost impossible to think about those real problems at the heart of education because of the financial crisis.
The news that the state approved the solvency plan is a signal that it’s time to focus on academic performance.
And if you’re really concerned about education, isn’t that exactly what you want to hear?
• Heber Taylor