"Spurred by a statewide coalition of parents, the Legislature passed, and Gov. Rick Perry signed, the first rollback on high-stakes tests in the state that started it all. And it might not have happened except for the chance meeting two years ago of two moms in a history classroom at a high school open house in Austin...
Now called Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessments, the moms contacted others statewide, from North Texas to the Rio Grande Valley and El Paso. They spoke to PTAs and educator groups and set up social media sites. Soon, hundreds could be summoned to a hearing with a tweet.
This session, with TAMSA fully engaged, a bill carried by Patrick and Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, scaled back end-of-course tests from 15 to 5. It passed both chambers unanimously. When there were signs Perry might veto it, TAMSA staged a phone and writing campaign. Perry signed."
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