"Every child in this country has a right to an education, so if a student shows up with a guardian that can enroll them in a school district, that child is entitled to right to education," Gene Acuna, a spokesman for the Texas Education Agency, said.
He tells KXAN that each year they anticipate a rough number of new students.
This year it was slated at around 80,000, which the agency says it is equipped to handle.
"Now if we get close to that number or exceed that number, that's when we'd have to make adjustments," he said.
Gene Acuña, communications director for the Texas Education Agency, said the STAAR is a significant improvement over the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) when it comes to aligning course content with the state's annual assessment test.
"By testing student learning in a specific course, teachers and students can focus on the full breadth and depth of the subject matter exposing students to more rigorous instruction," Acuña said.
"While moving from four to 15 exams is an increase, TEA is confident that students whose teachers teach the course content will succeed on the test.
Further, the agency is implementing a gradual phase-in of the EOC passing standards to help meet students where they are and to gradually increase rigor."
Acuña pointed out that a process of tweaking a new test and its standards often happens when a new test, such as STAAR, is introduced.
"Every time the state has transitioned to a new and more rigorous system, there has been ample feedback from teachers, parents, administrators and students," Acuña said.
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Gene Acuña serves as Director of Advocacy and Communications for THSP, bringing more than 25 years of journalism, government, public relations and communications experience to the position.A 1980 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Gene began a decade-long career as a television reporter where he specialized in covering statewide elected officials and politics, the Texas Legislature, and issues related to State government.After leaving the TV newsroom, he went on to direct the communication offices at various state agencies including the Office of the Secretary of State, the Texas Department of Agriculture, and the Texas Railroad Commission.Gene culminated his work in state government by serving two years as Deputy Press Secretary to Governor Rick Perry.
In the private sector, Gene has worked for two influential public relations firms - Fleishman-Hillard and Hahn, Texas (formerly TateAustinHahn) - where he led successful public relations and public affairs campaigns for a variety of government and business clients.
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One of the reasons Ott gave was that Acuna and Acting Fire Chief Jim Evans did not contact him about the fire at the Governor's Mansion, leaving Ott unaware of the blaze for a day.
Gene Acuna, the City of Austin's director of communications and public information, resigned Thursday at the request of City Manager Marc Ott.
Ott said: "I had some concerns about judgment calls that (Acuna) made that I thought were significant and I didn't agree with them."
Acuna, 45, also declined to explain what prompted the resignation.Asked about Ott's statement, Acuna said: "I have a long history in communications.My reputation with the media is strong and I believe that people who know me know that my commitment to public information in government is essential."He added: "It has been an honor to serve with Mr. Ott during the transition.I wish him and the city manager's office continued success." Acuna has been the city's communications director for two years.He oversaw media services, Channel 6, news content on the city's Web site and open records requests, among other things.Previously, he worked as a deputy press secretary for Gov.
City spokesman Gene Acuna declined to elaborate on what resources may have been used or what the personal project might be."The general rule of thumb is that city resources, city equipment is strictly for city business," Acuna said.
The legal department notified the city's integrity officer and the city manager's office, Acuna said.Information related to the allegations has been turned over to the Austin police and Collins was placed on paid administrative leave, Acuna said.
"The city manager certainly takes these allegations very seriously and wants them investigated fully and impartially," Acuna said.Video including interviews earlier after Collins was named Texas CIO of the year in April by Government Technology Magazine.
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