Texas Education Agency will cut funding for schools who opt for remote-only learning

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HARLINGEN, Texas — School districts throughout the state received new guidance from the Texas Education Agency on reopening schools this fall.

The new guidance puts funding at risk for schools who opt to do remote-only classes.

COVID-19 forced students to learn from home. The Texas Education agency is ready for students to return to normal. The attorney general said if they don’t comply with reopening their schools, they’ll lose state funding.

“Not having funds for one week, you’re talking in the millions of dollars. And that’s a lot of money that we’ll be losing,” said Superintendent Donna ISD Hafedh Azaeiz.

All school districts in the county have pushed back their start date to September.

Hafedh Azaeiz said they will remain online the first four weeks as a transition period and apply to the school board for an additional four weeks of remote learning.

“That was our way of and ensuring the safety and security of our students as well as our staff and more importantly help curve this huge increase that we’ve seen here in the valley,” he said.

McAllen superintendent JA Gonzalez’s plans to do the same.

“Utilize that four-week grace period to keep as many people home,” said Gonzalez.

Local health authorities can’t close schools as a preventive measure. After the eight weeks, Gonzalez says they’ll work to make sure everyone has internet access at home.

“Students have to have a device and students have to have connectivity and if they don’t then you have to give them an option to work from the school site,” he said.

Several school districts throughout the valley all say they’re in the early stages of working out a plan to reopen schools after the grace period is over.

“What we’re trying to do is strike a balance between safety and security of our students and make sure we provide a robust first-class education,” said Azaeiz.

McAllen ISD says they’re working on real-time learning software…where students will still have a schedule.

School districts throughout the state received new guidance from the Texas Education Agency on reopening schools this fall.

The new guidance puts funding at risk for schools who opt to do remote-only classes.

COVID-19 forced students to learn from home. The Texas Education agency is ready for students to return to normal. The attorney general said if they don’t comply with reopening their schools, they’ll lose state funding.

“Not having funds for one week, you’re talking in the millions of dollars. And that’s a lot of money that we’ll be losing,” said Superintendent Donna ISD Hafedh Azaeiz.

All school districts in the county have pushed back their start date to September.

Hafedh Azaeiz said they will remain online the first four weeks as a transition period and apply to the school board for an additional four weeks of remote learning.

“That was our way of and ensuring the safety and security of our students as well as our staff and more importantly help curve this huge increase that we’ve seen here in the valley,” he said.

McAllen superintendent JA Gonzalez’s plans to do the same.

“Utilize that four-week grace period to keep as many people home,” said Gonzalez.

Local health authorities can’t close schools as a preventive measure. After the eight weeks, Gonzalez says they’ll work to make sure everyone has internet access at home.

“Students have to have a device and students have to have connectivity and if they don’t then you have to give them an option to work from the school site,” he said.

Several school districts throughout the valley all say they’re in the early stages of working out a plan to reopen schools after the grace period is over.

“What we’re trying to do is strike a balance between safety and security of our students and make sure we provide a robust first-class education,” said Azaeiz.

McAllen ISD says they’re working on real-time learning software…where students will still have a schedule.

Here’s the letter Mcallen ISD sent to parent today.

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