Six local schools listed; students qualify for campus transfers
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–A handful of local school campuses has recently been designated as Public Education Grant schools by the Texas Education Agency. This makes it easier for parents with children attending those schools to request their child be transferred to a non-PEG school campus in the same or nearby districts for the following school year. Official notification will be made by February 2016.
These campuses are identified based on receiving a STAAR passing rate of less than or equal to 50 percent in any two of the preceding years 2013-2015, or if the school was rated Improvement Required. No accountability ratings were issued in 2012.
The petitioned campus may accept or refuse the request. If it accepts the transfer, the educating campus receives an additional funding allowance. The new campus is not obligated to provide transportation when outside the district to and from the new school.
A school campus may remain on the PEG list for up to three years, even if the campus has received a rating of Met Standard in the most recent year.
Local campuses listed among the 1,532 schools statewide are Cross Roads High School, Kemp High School, Lakeview Elementary in Mabank, Trinidad, Scurry-Rosser High School and Middle School.
Trinidad School qualified for the list in 2013 and 2014 but had improved and didn’t make the list in 2015, yet remains a qualifying campus for the program through 2016, under these rules. KHS was put on the list for deficiencies in writing scores in 2013, but didn’t make the list in 2014 or 2015, so if that remains the case it’s final year on the PEG list should be 2016, as well.
The areas needing improvement varied from campus to campus. No campuses within the Eustace or Malakoff ISD made the list.
Student eligibility for transferring expires upon any of the following three conditions:
• Completion of all grades offered by the campus upon which eligibility was originally based
• Removal of the campus from the PEG list
• Assignment of the student to a campus that is not on the PEG list as a result of redrawn attendance boundaries or student movement into a different attendance area.
A receiving district is permitted to continue to treat a student as PEG eligible (and draw the PEG funding weight) after expiration of eligibility only if the student has not yet completed all grades on the campus to which the student transferred during the eligibility period.
There are more than 8,300 public schools in Texas. Last year, only 1,119 schools were PEG qualified. This year that number has grown to 1,532.