Legislative Priority: Eliminate “Passing the Trash”

“Passing the Trash” is a commonly recognized term in the education world. It refers to the practice of school districts concealing an incident of sexual misconduct that results in the educator simply moving to another unsuspecting district.

By state law, a superintendent is required to notify the Texas Education Agency if sexual allegations are made against a district employee. However, oftentimes districts will choose instead to conceal the incident in order to avoid negative press or financial liability.

By not alerting the state and brushing allegations under the rug, the employee is simply asked to resign. After that, they can move to another district and go right back to work. These actions circumvent accountability practices and put Texas children at risk.

According to the Texas Education Agency, sexual allegations in Texas schools are at an all-time high – with “passing the trash” as an undebatable factor.

A Dallas news investigation in 2016 shed light on the practice which prompted state law makers to take action. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and numerous legislators have since publicly committed to passing legislation in the next legislative session that would help make students safer by putting an end to “passing the trash”.

Tell the Legislature: Put Parents and Students First!

Educating Texas’ future generations should be a top priority of lawmakers. Yet currently, the state’s public education system lacks transparency and parental accountability, adequate alternatives for students of all needs, and is plagued with layers of unnecessary bureaucracy. These challenges are multi-faceted and can only be addressed through meaningful reform.

Reforms should include measures that protect the safety of students, including the eradication of “passing the trash”, and eliminate outdated and redundant bureaucracies, such as Dallas County Schools and Harris County Department of Education.

Lastly, through the expansion of greater educational freedom, parents from all backgrounds should be given customizable options that better meet the needs of individual students.

Lawmakers must enact student-centric reforms that create a more efficient and competitive educational system, one that empowers parents with greater choice and opportunity, and places the needs of students ahead of government institutions.

Will you help us continue our mission to put students and parents ahead of special interests and bureaucrats?

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Lauren Melear

Lauren Melear leads the West Texas Bureau for Empower Texans & Texas Scorecard. When not working, Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband and their dog, as well as cooking, working out, traveling to the hill country, and cheering on the fightin' Texas Aggies.

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