VAN — State Representative Dan Flynn of Van is drawing attention on a couple of fronts. One measure he’s introduced in the Legislature calls for the Ten Commandments to be posted in what is called a “prominent location” in public school classrooms. The bill says school boards cannot block the posting of the commandments, which he calls a non religious educational document. Flynn says, “If you walk into the Supreme Court building in the United States capital, first thing you see is the scroll of the Ten Commandments.” The Ten Commandments has had a rocky life in the courts. But the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005 upheld the posting of the Commandments on the grounds of the state capitol, holding that it is a historical document.
Earlier, we learned Flynn is hoping to implement a two-year moratorium on the STAAR assessment program this legislative session. Flynn says STAAR causes way to much stress on students, teachers and parents, and he doesn’t think they need it. According to Flynn, “Employers, colleges, technical schools — nobody has ever asked for a copy of STAAR grades.” Flynn introduced the bill as an amendment last year and got a lot of support for it. He says under his bill, it will be up to the school districts to decide if they want to opt out — and accept their portion of the money set aside for STAAR to spend as they see fit.