This is bad, and the threat is coming from within.
The first attack is coming from the state legislation and Texas Education Agency which is the state governing body of public schools. T.E.A. has been mandated by the state legislation to change the way schools are rated. With the new rating, approximately 90% of Texas schools will get a failing grade. This means that without improving the scores, the state will eventually take over control of the school. For example, there is a high school in Round Rock that is nationally recognized for it's outstanding test scores. Right now this school gets an A+ rating. Under the new rating system, this school will get a C rating due to student absences!!
The second attack is coming from the Department of Public Safety. The DPS has changed the way school bus drivers are certified. Before, it would take about 30-45 minutes to do the driving portion of the test which also includes doing a pre-trip inspection of the bus in front of the DPS rep. Now, it takes about 3 hours to do the same test because now you have to tell the DPS rep about every part that you check in the pre-trip inspection. That's not so bad, right? Well, the driver now has to know all of the stuff that can go wrong with EVERY part that is being inspected, the signs a part is going bad, and what those signs mean. So basically, if you are not a mechanic, you will fail the test. This was put into effect in October of 2016 and is already causing school bus driver shortages. According to state law, the ONLY students that have to be provided with transportation are special needs students. If these new rules stay in effect, eventually only special needs students will be transported as there won't be enough drivers available to transport all of the students.
Cliff notes of all of this can be summed up in one sentence and that is this. Unless something is changed, the quality of education is going to sharply fall off in Texas and due to driver shortages it is highly likely in a year or two school districts will only be able to transport special needs students.