TEA News Releases Online
June 25, 2012
Statement of Commissioner Michael L. Williams regarding
the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Voting Rights Act
"Today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling eliminates a major hurdle to providing much-needed help for students in ineffective school districts across our state. Under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the Texas Education Agency has been forced to seek federal approval before taking substantive and critical action, such as installing a board of managers or shutting down a chronically failing district. In these instances, the federal approval process has taken months and forced students to wait for help to arrive. The process has been described as akin to seeking permission to send a fire truck while the building continues to burn. This federal hurdle is now eliminated with the students and parents in the North Forest Independent School District to be the first beneficiaries. With today's ruling, there should be no doubt that NFISD's annexation into the Houston ISD will take place on July 1."