New Pre-Filed Legislation: Banning Grade Inflation

State Sen. Jane Nelson, Republican of Flower Mound, has pre-filed SB 132 to clarify a law she passed in 2009 barring districts from forcing teachers to give minimum grades regardless of students’ academic work. Her new bill reaffirms that the prohibition applies to cumulative grades, not just grades on individual assignments. In a lawsuit in 2010, Texas AFT successfully defended Sen. Nelson’s 2009 legislation; a state district court ruled the law clearly applied to cumulative grades. But Sen. Nelson aims with SB 132 to make the statutory language prohibiting grade inflation even clearer.