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Dallas parents can hold their kids back a grade to make up for COVID disruptions

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Dallas families have been empowered by the legislature to make the best choice for their kids’ academic performance. Parents now have the ultimate say on whether a child should be held back a grade or repeat a course, as The Dallas Morning News reports.

What are the details?

Many families have been debating the negative impact of the pandemic on school progress and how learning from home has been a setback for many students. If parents feel that the COVID-19 disruptions caused a learning gap for their child, they can now make the call to have them repeat a grade to make up for it.

Before the start of the new school year, Dallas parents of elementary and middle school-age children can let campus officials know that they would like their child to be held back a grade. High school students will also be allowed to repeat a course. If the school administration disagrees with the parents’ opinion, a committee will be convened for a hearing. However, the final decision stays with the family.

“If that’s something a parent wants to utilize, they’re entitled to it,” Texas Education Agency spokesman Jake Kobersky shared with the outlet.

The law also allows parents to start kids in kindergarten or pre-K one year late if they were eligible for enrolment last year.

“Kindergarten is a time when students learn a lot about interacting with other children in school and learn how to behave in a classroom. Would your child benefit from more practice in these areas?” the TEA guidance says.

There is also a warning of a “kindergarten bubble” that may bring about larger classes and significant disparities between students’ ages and their academic readiness, as the outlet points out.

“I don’t think we have a good number of how many kids are 6 going on 7 who are enrolling in kindergarten yet, but anecdotally we haven’t heard that it’s a really big number. We’ll probably have to wait and see as we get closer to the start of school,” Dallas ISD Deputy Superintendent Susana Cordova explained.

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