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Congressman Brady and State Representative Steve Toth Expect Federal Waivers to Standardized Testing by End of Week  print page

by: Rep. Toth, Steve
03/16/2020

Conroe, TX -- Monday, Congressman Kevin Brady (The Woodlands), working in collaboration with State Representative Steve Toth (Conroe), asked President Trump’s Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, to temporarily suspend the high-stakes testing requirements for federal school funding. As a result, Secretary DeVos is creating a process to waive standardized tests during the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools should expect this waiver system to be established by the end of the week.


“STAAR testing has been a burden to students and teachers for years,” said Rep. Toth. “I’ve voted against STAAR testing every time it’s come before me in the Texas House of Representatives. Since federal funding is tied to some of these tests, I spoke to Dr. Curtis Null at Conroe ISD about suspending federal testing requirements while we are responding to the spread of COVID-19. With the support of my superintendent, I asked Congressman Brady to reach out to Secretary DeVos to request a temporary waiver of the testing requirements for federal school funding during this national state of emergency. I am grateful for Congressman Brady’s complete and enthusiastic support for this proposal. Governor Abbott took the first step to waive state requirements for STAAR testing, and I’m thankful for his leadership. Our contribution to the Governor's action was to ensure Texas won’t lose federal school funding for doing what is best for our students.”

“Her [DeVos’] point to me is that she wants the schools to be focused on the health and the safety of the kids,” Congressman Brady told the Quorum Report in their breaking story.

Steve Toth was first elected to represent House District 15 in 2012, and was re-elected in 2018. He serves on the powerful House Appropriations Committee and is one of the strongest voices fighting for less government spending. He also serves on the Culture, Recreation & Tourism Committee, as well as multiple subcommittees. Representative Toth is consistently ranked as one of the most conservative legislators in the Capitol.

Toth resides in the Jacobs Reserve neighborhood of Conroe with his wife Babette. He is a Realtor, small business owner, proud father of three, grandfather of two, an ordained minister and conservative.

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