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Texas shines spotlight on school choice
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Jan 23, 6:07 AM: National School Choice Week begins today in Texas and across the country. There are 1593 events planned in the Lone Star State to raise awareness about K-12 school choice, and 21,392 events nationwide.
School choice advocates campaign for mini-grants to parents
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Jan 20, 7:03 AM: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says expanding school choice is a top priority during this legislative session, and while no plan has emerged one advocate says "something monumental" may be coming soon.
MISD: In-district charter schools could be part of reform effort
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Jan 20, 6:34 AM: Midland ISD could delve into discussions about its first in-district charter school, maybe as early as the end of the 2017-18 school year.
School choice backers campaign for mini-grants
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Jan 19, 6:34 AM: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says expanding school choice is a top priority during this legislative session, and while no plan has emerged one advocate says “something monumental” may be coming soon.
Community Schools’ Bill Hopes to Derail Texas Charters
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Jan 18, 7:10 AM: One Texas lawmaker’s bill, if passed during the 2017 legislative session, stands to derail school choice options for failing campuses by taking them down a progressive community schools path and bypassing existing options that >
New TEA grading system fails its purpose, Montgomery County school districts say
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Jan 16, 6:59 AM: However, in December, the TEA gave the more than 1,200 school districts and charters across Texas, which includes 8,600 campuses, a preview of the new legislatively mandated accountability ranks. The "work-in-progress" report >
Statesman analysis: Texas A-F school grades give boost to charters
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Jan 16, 6:42 AM: Critics of the new A-F grading system for Texas schools have long warned that the state’s letter grades would give an undeserved boost to charter schools.
Education lobbyists fear bill will send public dollars to private schools
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Jan 13, 6:07 AM: The state's largest educator’s association is making it their mission to keep public dollars from going to private schools.
AISD enrollment expected to decline, but lessen
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Jan 10, 7:42 AM: The projection stands in stark contrast to nearly half a decade of steep enrollment declines that district staff stated was caused by a combination of declining birth rates, Austin’s rising cost of living and nearby charter school >
North Texas educators unite in rage against vouchers, A-F school grades
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Jan 10, 6:05 AM: With the new legislative session starting Tuesday, educators from 60 North Texas districts united Monday to fight school vouchers and a new statewide grading system they say serves only to vilify public schools.
Texas schools and districts get their letter grades from state
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Jan 6, 7:45 AM: For months, school districts and their advocates have cautioned the state about implementing the A-F system, saying it provides little meaningful information to guide student learning and is meant to make traditional public schools >
After city opts not to renew lease, Killeen charter school looking for new campus
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Jan 4, 6:04 AM: A Killeen charter school being forced out of its downtown location because of actions by the city government is on the hunt for a new campus in the city.
IDEA wins Broad Prize, marks 10 years in Brownsville
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Jan 3, 7:40 AM: It was a year of validation for IDEA Public Schools, which in June was named the top charter school district in the nation as the 2016 winner of the Broad Prize for Public Charter School Networks.
Local school districts look for flexibility on state mandates
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Jan 3, 6:31 AM: At least seven school districts in McLennan County may soon join Waco Independent School District and opt for more local control by becoming what state law considers a District of Innovation.
OISD moves forward with District of Innovation plans
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Dec 29, 7:28 AM: The Olney Independent School District Board of Trustees moved one step closer to adopting regulations similar to a charter school.
Dallas Public Schools Are Expanding Programs, Marketing To Compete With Charter Schools
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Dec 28, 6:41 AM: In 1995, Texas lawmakers approved public charter schools to give parents more education options. The law created a marketplace that’s challenging traditional public schools to compete and improve, or potentially lose >
Texas ‘dark money’ regulation survives second court challenge from a 501(c)(4) group
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Dec 21, 6:06 AM: A contentious "dark money" regulation approved by Texas campaign finance regulators has survived a second court challenge claiming the rule could thwart politically active nonprofits from influencing elections.
Conroe ISD takes next step in District of Innovation process
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Dec 20, 7:05 AM: Conroe ISD has approved a plan to allow the option of an earlier school year start date. By statute, Conroe ISD is not allowed to begin the new school year before the fourth Monday in August, which next year falls on Aug. 28.
Longview ISD resolution opposes accountability system, vouchers
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Dec 14, 7:19 AM: Longview ISD has joined districts across the state calling for the repeal of the A-F school rating system while also voicing opposition to a state voucher plan.
Abbott floats school choice as solution to special ed frustration
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Dec 14, 5:57 AM: Gov. Greg Abbott suggested Tuesday that the lack of special education services in Texas could be solved, in part, with more school choice.

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