- District seeks some charter school privileges
- > Sep 28, 5:19 AM: The Lake Travis school district could gain flexibility on school start and end dates, class size ratios and teacher appraisal requirements if it meets all of the criteria to become a “District of Innovation” as defined in House Bill
- Austin ISD takes preliminary steps to become innovation district
- Sep 27, 5:19 AM: The Austin school board Monday night took the first step in becoming the latest Central Texas District of Innovation, a designation that gives such districts freedoms similar to those that charter schools already have.
- Seven Texas education issues to watch in 2017
- > Sep 22, 5:50 AM: Call it vouchers or tax credits or savings accounts, the concept of spending taxpayer dollars on private schools (or private tutoring or private online classes) is spurring intense debate again after a failed attempt in 2015. Senate
- Lake Travis district seeks some charter school privileges
- > Sep 21, 5:31 AM: The Lake Travis school district could gain flexibility on school start and end dates, class size ratios and teacher appraisal requirements if they meet all of the criteria to become a “District of Innovation” as defined in House
- Texas state lawmakers to consider Education Savings Accounts
- Sep 20, 4:41 AM: State lawmakers will soon discuss new legislation that would allow children to leave Texas public schools and take some state dollars with them so parents can choose the best education mix for their child.
- Local charter school reaches 20-year milestone
- > Sep 19, 6:53 AM: The Garza-Gonzalez Charter School is an affiliate of the National Council of La Raza and began as an alternative school for at-risk youth. In 1980, the school became the educational branch of the grass roots organization, the Gulf
- Charter or Dallas ISD: Dispute over school’s expansion divides West Dallas neighborhood
- > Sep 16, 6:24 AM: To keep Isaac and Ivan and other students past kindergarten, the Wesley-Rankin Community Center needed rezoning permission. As it was, the school was zoned only for toddler day care. Valdez was among a group of parents who'd come to
- GOP senators renew push for Texas to let students attend private schools at state expense
- Sep 15, 4:34 AM: Senate Republicans are making another push to have Texas join the growing number of states that allow students to attend private schools at state expense.
- Anti-School Voucher Group Takes Aim At Legislative Rebranding Effort
- > Sep 14, 4:59 AM: A group of education non-profits, religious leaders, and state lawmakers take aim at an effort in the Texas Legislature to rebrand the term school voucher with terms like, “Public Education Savings Accounts.” But the school choice
- Are education savings accounts the new private school vouchers?
- Sep 14, 4:50 AM: Education savings accounts would allow students to use state money for other education options. Proponents of the accounts said it will give parents more choice in their child’s education.
- Plan to fix low-performing Dallas schools: ‘Stop the bleeding early’
- Sep 13, 5:37 AM: The school has not met state academic standards for five consecutive years, the longest stretch for any Dallas ISD campus — and one of the longest in the state.
- School Choice Fight Setting Up
- > Sep 13, 4:54 AM: The lines are being drawn for yet another fight over school choice in Texas. “These programs, by their sheer design… will take money away from our public schools” State Senator Jose Menendez said during a Monday Afternoon news
- Kauffman Leadership Academy future bleak
- Sep 8, 6:39 AM: Johnson County’s first and only public charter school opened it’s doors last month, but school officials say their future hangs in the balance.
- Charter school pitches specialized health care campus in Austin
- > Sep 8, 6:31 AM: Within two years, IDEA Austin plans to launch a K-12 school that will offer students a pre-college program for careers in science and medicine. The Austin school district also has explored creating a medical magnet high school, but
- Local charter school steers at-risk youth in right direction
- Sep 7, 6:29 AM: Ponce is the Chief of Schools and Operations for Texans Can Academy, a network of schools that provide an alternative option for students at risk of dropping out.
- Charter school expands its footprint in Northeast Austin
- > Sep 6, 5:09 AM: Fueled by a $1.5 million donation, Austin Achieve Public Schools is planning to open a second campus in two years that will allow the charter to expand to a total of 2,100 students by 2020, more than triple the number it currently
- Longview ISD mulls charter schools
- Aug 31, 5:12 AM: Longview ISD administrators and trustees are considering converting property near downtown into a Montessori charter school to serve first- through fifth-grade students.
- District Of Innovation = Flexibility For Schools & Opportunity For Students
- > Aug 26, 5:19 AM: If you haven’t heard the new education buzz-words yet, chances are you will. The designation was the last legislature’s response to repeated calls for more local control of schools. Earn the designation and you’ll get
- State gives Cottonwood Valley Charter School an A
- > Aug 25, 6:04 AM: Cottonwood Valley Charter School again received the highest grade from the New Mexico Public Education Department among Socorro County schools, while San Antonio Elementary School is among the most improved schools in the state
- Cedars International, a new charter high school, debuts in Austin
- > Aug 24, 6:55 AM: The high school, 12,000 square feet of converted retail space, is near Austin Community College’s Highland campus. The proximity to ACC is not a coincidence: Cedars is partnering with the college, giving students in upper grades the