RGV School District’s Accreditation Undetermined
PROGRESO - The Texas Education Agency placed a Rio Grande Valley’s school district accreditation status as pending.
The state requires public schools in the state are accredited with the agency as a reflection as their performance.
Several Progreso ISD parents said they want to feel comfortable their children are getting the best education they can.
Letty Corona said her son is a 5th grader at Progreso ISD. She said she’s worried about whether the schools in the district are being run well.
“There have always been problems, even the ones who were from here and went to school here. There have always been people who were doing fraudulent things,” she said.
The school district is funded by a portion of Progreso’s property taxes. Corona said she pays thousands in taxes to the district and expects the schools’ standards to be high.
“I think the school should be getting the funding that is needed for the schools. I’m not just paying for the county, I’m paying for the schools,” she said.
Progreso ISD superintendent Martin Cuellar said he is waiting to hear if the TEA will appoint a board of managers to oversee the district. He said they would also like to have a decision on the litigation between the school district and TEA.
“That decision can come at any time. Between two, three months, four, five months, it could be up to a year,” he said.
Cuellar said parents should not be worried about whether their children’s education is validated. He said the lack of accreditation won’t make much difference in their academics.
“It does not affect the students this year. It does not affect the students even after the board of managers’ case gets resolved,” he explained. “If anything, the district will be at an accreditation-warned status, which means it does not affect the students at all.”
Cuellar added a diploma from a Progreso ISD school will still carry the same weight as any other Texas school district.
TEA spokesperson DeEtta Culbertson said when a school district loses its accreditation, it will be shut down and merged with another school district. She said she could not comment further on the case.
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