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Parents Excited For TX Charter
Jun 4, 5:31 AM:

Applicants pursuing charter lay out school focus and accountability measures.  Interviews parents at meeting, as well as school administration, shows enrollment and class size data to show what school will look like.

Teacher Groups Suspicious Of Spring Branch Public-Charter School Partnership
May 30, 7:27 AM: An education partnership in Spring Branch ISD near Houston puts some charter school students in public schools. On Thursday, we heard from teachers and administrators on how the plan is working. Today, we hear from teacher groups >
Dallas Fights Summer Slide
May 29, 7:07 AM:

City joins fight to keep learning going during summer along with four other cities nationwide by allowing agencies, libraries, museums, and other organizations to partner.  Explains digital implementation thoroughly, could go more >

STEM Focus And Interaction
May 29, 5:37 AM:

TX university partners with charter school to offer technology-focused instruction and STEM curriculum.  Does poor job defining terms, highlights student input about partnership.

Column: New pay plan for Dallas ISD teachers deserves support
May 22, 5:38 AM: Say this for the home-rule charter kerfuffle, it has sure stolen the thunder from every other Dallas schools issue. And maybe that’s a good thing. Take the teacher evaluation and compensation plan that the school board will consider >
Charter school networks KIPP, IDEA are contenders for $250,000 Broad Prize
May 20, 5:41 AM:

IDEA Public Schools, the Rio Grande Valley-based charter operator that began opening schools in San Antonio in 2012 and plans to run 20 campuses here by 2017, is one of three charter management organizations up for a prestigious >

Proposed Dallas ISD teacher evaluation system based on merit
May 20, 4:59 AM: School trustees will consider approving a more rigorous teacher evaluation system Thursday that links teacher pay to performance, test scores and student surveys.
Unconventional mobile school prepares to expand
May 19, 5:54 AM: A privately funded experiment with a radically different approach to learning, which started last summer with 40 Houston middle school students, is poised to expand into charter schools.
Lawmakers must authorize new teacher evaluations, official says
May 15, 6:37 AM: State education officials told a House committee Wednesday that Texas' proposed new teacher evaluation method would require a change in state law, a problem lawmakers will be forced to solve next session or risk a myriad of >
Group pushing home rule for Dallas ISD ready to move forward
May 15, 5:00 AM: Board members for Support Our Public Schools, a group that wants to turn Dallas ISD into a home-rule charter district, said Wednesday that they have enough signatures on a petition to move the process forward.
Villarreal Pledges To Take Action Following Charter School Financial Accountability Reports
May 14, 5:55 AM: Following a series of reports released by Texas State Board of Education Vice Chairman Thomas Ratliff on charter school financial accountability, a state lawmaker said he’s looking into legislation for the 2015 session that will >
In Texas, Battle Brewing Over Teacher Evaluation Rules
May 13, 7:10 AM: When Texas education officials announced an updated teacher evaluation system in May, it ended a nearly two-year stalemate with the Obama administration and brought the state closer to securing a final waiver from federal No Child >
Single-gender schools applauded, but struggle with retention
May 13, 6:20 AM: The Houston ISD launched single-gender secondary schools three years ago as part of its extensive school-choice portfolio. Supporters applaud the model and point to students' above-average test scores, but the schools face an >
Texas teachers face uncertainty as questions swirl around evaluations
May 12, 6:43 AM: Texas' more than 380,000 public school teachers are girding for a tumultuous few years as a new method of grading their performance is expected to generate heated legislative debates and perhaps legal challenges.
Proposal For Virtual Schools
May 9, 6:47 AM:

Gubernatorial candidate proposes plan to increase online learning by making available programs to poorly rated schools.  Voices both those that applaud proposal for personalization opportunities and others say it doesn't do >

Attorney tries to salvage home-rule plan for Dallas ISD
May 9, 5:18 AM: Dallas tax attorney Mark Melton has taken it upon himself to try to salvage the embattled plan to convert Dallas ISD into a home-rule charter district.
Opinion: Texas school takeover plan can succeed with right approach
May 7, 5:34 AM: The debate about an achievement school district is healthy, and it is fair to ask questions about how this might work in Texas. To the extent Tennessee's ASD can serve as an example, there are a few common misconceptions raised in >
Column: Paying Dallas ISD trustees is an idea worth pursuing
May 7, 4:54 AM: Look at the candidates vying to replace veteran Dallas ISD trustee Carla Ranger and you get an idea of the serious moves to improve public schools.
Superintendent Salaries Criticized
May 6, 5:28 AM:

TX Board of Education released numbers on differences between charter and public superintendent compensation and points out differences in per-student pay. Very one-sided interpretation that omits opposing perspective.

Charter School Spending Questioned
May 5, 8:23 AM: The Texas State Board of Education is accusing some charter schools of overcharging taxpayers, 1200 WOAI news. Tom Ratliff is calling on the State Commissioner of Education and the Legislature to get involved.



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