"Educators and administrators warn that holding students back a grade increases the financial burden for the state, which has already spent hundreds of millions of dollars on housing, health care and other services for the half-million refugees who came to Texas after Katrina swamped the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29."
http://www.boston.com/news/education/k_12/articles/2006/03/24/katrina_refugees_score_lower_on_tests/ (Katrina Refugees Score Lower on Tests, AP)
OK now, isn't social promotion exactly what is pushing these kids farther back on standardized tessting. Wouldn't not holding them back exacerbate the situation? No really, this doesn't make any sense to me, except that Texas is going to double stuff the New Orleans kids who already got fucked by their school system and Katrina.
Wow, Texas, you idiots, never cease to explain away the state of the country now do ya?