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Mr. Morath’s excuses were never-the-less expected as a legal tactic to draw out the litigation—increasing the time and expense necessary for parents to get relief from a judge. However, what does come as a shock is the extent to which Mr. Morath, the TEA, its vendor Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Attorney General are working together to keep records and communications about the STAAR hidden from public view.
Commissioner Morath and the agency make the argument that parents “lack standing” and do not have the right to sue the Texas Education Agency in court. They claim parents must complain to the agency itself if they believe the agency broke the law. This means the TEA not only chose to ignore the Texas Legislature but now deems itself beyond the reach of the Texas judiciary.
It is evident that the TEA realized that this year’s STAAR administration was not legally defensible. We believe the TEA has taken sound first steps towards assuring that students do not suffer the consequences for the failures of the agency.
The TEA is not above the law. It exists only by the pleasure of the legislature, and does not have the statutory authority to ignore those laws it finds inconvenient.