- New TX Charters In Sant Antonio
Two high performing charter schools recently opening in San Antonio that emphasize college acceptance apparently are having trouble with diversity in their student population, or so the author would have us believe. Little voice >
Nov 8, 8:11 AM:
- Can You Really Earn A Diploma In 3 Years?
Dallas ISD in transition to allow for students to receive their high school diplomas in 3-years. District claims students will be better prepared for college and no money will be lost anymore for early graduation. District allowed >
Oct 22, 2:57 PM:
- Tutoring Program In TX A Failure?
TX funding went to private tutoring companies with the hope of increasing achievement, but in reality there was little to show for their efforts. Some call for the abolishment of the programs amid fraud accusations but others say >
Oct 21, 4:22 AM:
- Religious School Converting To Charters
One TX Hebrew-immersion charter school assures the community that religion is not being taught in the school, and embraces the diversity of its students across racial and socioeconomic backgrounds. Concerns are raised, though, >
Oct 18, 10:42 AM:
- Budget Constraints Hurt Merit Pay
TX's merit pay program for teachers was scrapped due to cuts in education funding amidst a budget crunch. Data shows schools with merit pay performed better and had less teacher turnover, and Republicans and even union leaders >
Oct 14, 6:27 AM:
- TX Online School Brings Opportunity
The majority of students at one TX online school are involved in non-traditional activities, like intensive dance training, that would be limited by attending a brick and mortar school. The school also allows for field trips and >
Oct 3, 6:21 AM:
- Charter Applications Too Similar?
Proposed TX charter school applications have been accused of being too similar, and some even accused of being plagiarized. Often identical wording was used in some of the applications, but the charter officials say that does not >
Sep 26, 5:25 AM:
- Ambitious Charter Educators
Teachers at charter schools are criticized for staying in the profession for a short time, and teacher turnover is cited as detrimental for student achievement. Charters often welcome teachers ambition and provide a lot of >
Aug 27, 4:38 AM:
- TX Cyberschools Increasing
Debate rages over the effectiveness of cyberschools and online learning in the state which is now seeing an increase in the number of its digital learning options. The cyberschools that were already there have met or exceeded >
Aug 26, 6:40 AM:
- Superintendent Hears Parents Out
A TX superintendent hears parents' concerns to figure out why students have left the public school system. Parents cite lack of communication community in the district as causes, superintendent says that he has added many >
Aug 21, 11:15 AM:
- Scoring Charters
Most charters pass TX muster, but new law will "weed out" those that don't. 4 criteria for judging charters created and while they may have separate missions, they all must meet standard to remain open.
Aug 19, 5:29 AM:
- Controversy Continues Over Charter Authority
New charter legislation moves authority from unpaid TX state Board, which some say have few resources to oversee charters, to the Texas Education Agency. Others say TEA is too political -- Gov appoints all.
Aug 15, 7:37 AM:
- Charter Partnerships
Private, religious school in TX waiting to hear if its application to become public charter is accepted. If accepted, it will become yet another charter in partnership with a religious group, which makes it controversial for >
Aug 12, 5:20 AM:
- Health Charter
New charter preparing to open in TX district. No electives in athletics or arts; instead a focus on health science to prepare for med careers. Goal is to connect education with careers with job openings.
Jul 30, 5:01 AM:
- Students Given Second Chance
TX district seeking out drop-outs victimized by former superintendent's testing scheme. Officials hope to re-enroll drop-outs, facilitate GED process.
Jul 17, 9:55 AM:
- Expectations Rise, Scores Fall
TX state tests more difficult to pass, students not rising to meet new standards. Fewer students pass tests, with worst results in writing and Algebra I. Demands question of how to prepare students for more rigorous testing. >
Jul 9, 10:04 AM:
- TX Superintendent Under Fire
Groups criticize Dallas superintendents' inability to retain staff, call for his resignation. Six top-staffers have left over past six months, office perceived as unstable.
Jun 28, 9:28 AM:
- Charter Operators Get Bigger In Texas
Number of charter school operators statewide will increase from 215 to over 300, creating process for out of state operators to submit applications. Article features Rocketship schools as an example of a successful operator being >
Jun 24, 6:22 PM:
- Funding Disparities Questioned
Test scores in TX show continued disparities in achievement between urban and suburban school districts. A push is being made to change the funding formula to help lower-income students, but others argue that increasing school >
Jun 24, 12:57 PM: