Here's a last-minute LAPP hypo. If it freaks you out, because you see something you can't answer and the test's in an hour...good. Just kidding. But here you go:
Volunteer Teacher Corps Act (1991)
Section 1.) In order to provide a higher quality of, greater rescouces for, and a greater appreciation for the education of our urban and drpressed-area schoolchildren, the following Act was passed by the Legislature of the State of Texas.
Section 2.) Every person who matriculates at and graduates from an accredited college of university with a teaching degree, shall:
a.) be available for placement in a designated "at risk" school district within the State for two years,
b.) notify the State Board of Education of any change of address for the two years after graduation,
c.) maintain a satisfactory teacher evaluation rating for the duration of their service.
Section 3.) The State Board of Education shall have the power to declare certain school districts "at risk" upon petition of the superintendent of said district. The Board shall consider:
a.) median household income,
b.) area crime rate,
c.) ratio of teachers to students of the school,
d.) ratio of books to students
in determining whether a school district is "at risk."
Section 4.) A person required to register under Section 2 may be excused from service after payment of a student enrichment fee of $10,000 to the State. Failure to serve will result in a $10,000 fine.
Marcia Gonzalez entered Collin COunty Community College in Frisco, TX to study computer science. AFter dropping out to have a son, she moved to El Paso, TX, where her family is from. When her son, Elian, was three, Marcia began taking classes at Alhambra College, a night-school program of the University of Texas-El Paso. After taking several datebase management courses, Marcia lost her babysitter, and her mother was blind. She wanted to finishe school, but she had to take her toddler with her. Only the Early Childhood Development department would cooperate. She got her needed 16 credits and on June 19, 2002, Marcia graduated with a B.S. degree with a double major in Computer Science and Early Chilldhood Education.
She immediately began working for Delloa Computadora, a Mexican computer company just across the border, in Juarez. She received low marks, since she did not speak Spanish, but the firm was happy to have an American working for them. She moved to South El Paso to be closer to work, while her family (mother, grandmother and two sisters) stayed in her old El Paso home. On July 4, 2004, Marcia received a letter from the State of Texas demanding $10,000 for violation of the VTCA. Confused, Marcia took the letter to her mother, who speaks no English, but recognized the envelope (from the State). She showed Marcia a stack of 6 unopened letters from the State Board of Education addressed to Marcia Gonzalez.
One letter was a congratulation on her degree, four were orders to proceed to Robinson, TX, to serve as an 8th grade Algebra teacher at Robinson Middle School. The 6th letter notified her that her case was being transferred to the Attorney Generaol's Office, who eventually found Marcia on July 4, 2004. Marcia filled out the US Postal Service change-of-address forms, but did not register her move with the Board of Education. Marcia's old and ignorant mother thought the 6 letters were junk mail, but like many old people, she saved everything.
Question 1.) Does Marcia owe the State of Texas $10,000?
Questions 2.) Is your answer any different in light of the 1968 Texas Right To Work Act, which reads: "for no reason can the employment of a person be compelled or the prohibition thereof likewise be compelled, except for good cause."
Questions 3.) Is your answer any different considering a floor statement of the sponsor of the VTCA, Sen. Talbert Houghlin, who said: "What we need is more math and science in the schools. Too many of our children can sleepwalk through school without learning multiplication and division, mitosis and meiosis. Too many of our mathematicians and scientists are going off into industry without paying the schools back that gave them that head start."
Question 4.) Swine McFadden, Superintendent of the Highland Park Independent School District in Dallas County, has petitioned the State Board of Education for "at risk" status. He has sold the school's library collection and textbooks and has converted them all to Word files and put them on Sony Vaio laptops, which have been given to every student. Two blocks away, there was a drive by shooting last week, and there are 14.7 homicides per year within HPISD's quadrant of Dallas County. Can the State order a cadre of recent education graduates to serve in HPISD?