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Re: Pullout Follow-up
Here is a quick link to the thread you referenced: https://members3.boardhost.com/TexasBands/thread/1572551933.html
A couple weeks ago there was a thread about pullout, to which Frank Coachman responded based on information on our website, which is current and accurate. I agree that all the comments posted were valid concerns, and I share your frustration. As you’re well aware, every piece of legislation is a compromise. It took three sessions to get the language currently in law (since 2013), and superintendents and school boards pushed back on that change the entire journey. The bottom line is that we live and teach in a state where local control is the prevailing education policy. If school districts want to subvert the law they can figure out a way to do so, knowing there are no pullout police.
The legislative intent of the law was that school districts would no longer limit a student's access to pedagogical instruction in music or any other academic subject for test preparation and remediation. The law, in fact, requires local boards of education to establish such a policy. Many have not done that, so you may want to start by asking where that language exists in your local district policy.
Hopefully many districts are following law because it is the right thing to do. For those in violation, there are success stories from our members who shared the law with their administration and they adjusted, but we do not have hard data on such transformations.
Having said that, I know many of you are dealing with these frustrations today because your district chooses to break the law, skirt it, or ignore it.
If you are having this problem I encourage you to email me at email@example.com, and I will give it my best shot to help.