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Texas Senate quietly revives contentious education proposals
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May 28, 5:59 AM: One would create what has been called an “opportunity school district” to manage the lowest performing schools in the state; Another would authorize the governing bodies of school districts or public charters to create >
It’s Crunch Time for Education Reform Bills
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May 20, 4:48 AM: Throughout the legislative session, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has painted a dire portrait of hundreds of Texas public schools.
IDEA Frontier rated among nation’s best high schools
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May 18, 6:23 AM: IDEA Frontier College Prep, Brownsville’s original IDEA school and one of the Donna-based charter school district’s first expansion campuses, has been ranked among the best high schools in the nation.
TEA to speak with parents, teachers about Bright Ideas’ charter revocation
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May 14, 8:40 AM: After a summary judgment that upheld the revocation of Wichita Falls’ Bright Ideas’ school charter, the Texas Education Agency has scheduled an informational meeting for parents and guardians of students attending the school. The >
School choice called ‘civil rights issue’
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Apr 30, 5:03 AM: Several hundred students, parents and school officials attended the rally Wednesday, even as the state advanced bills to help public and private schools.
Strong interest in new Dallas ISD ‘choice schools’
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Apr 30, 5:00 AM: The Dallas Independent School District says interest in two new public school choice campuses set to begin in the fall is already strong.
Thousands on public charter school wait lists
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Apr 29, 6:24 AM: Across the state of Texas more than 100,000 students are on a waiting list to be admitted into a free public charter school.
TEA rep talks to Killeen parents about charter school’s closing
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Apr 28, 6:08 AM: Although parents of students attending Transformative Charter Academy said they’re sad the state intends to close the doors in July, they’re glad to learn credits will transfer.
Families navigate maze of school choices
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Apr 27, 4:53 AM: Deciding where to send a child to elementary school can be as stressful as selecting a college. Move to the suburbs or the city? Go to the campus down the street or apply to a specialty school?
Texas Senate OKs school vouchers, but bill faces tough House vote
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Apr 21, 5:07 AM: Up to 16,000 lower-income students in mostly urban districts would be able to transfer to private or religious schools — using potential tax dollars to pay tuition — under a measure the Senate tentatively approved >
TX Charter Facility Help
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Apr 17, 8:31 AM:

Senators considering legislation to authorize facility funds for charter schools. Viewed as major priority for charter school advocates. Currently charters don't receive any facility funds from state sources. 

Senate OKs changes to Texas ‘parent trigger’ law
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Apr 16, 5:17 AM: The Texas Senate on Wednesday passed the so-called "parent trigger" bill, one of the key pieces of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's "school choice" legislative package.
AISD board reacts to threat from charter schools
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Apr 14, 5:55 AM: Austin Independent School District board members have urgently requested a policy change that would curtail area charter school districts’ access to student information.
Texas Senate voucher bill specifics unveiled
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Apr 14, 4:43 AM: Last week, just after a key Texas House lawmaker unveiled the details of a plan designed to ease funding inequities among the state’s public schools, a Texas Senate education panel quietly approved the new version of a divisive bill >
LC board considers changing to charter
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Apr 13, 7:10 AM: Seeking to expand civilian career choices for juniors and seniors going to college or directly into the workforce and giving those pupils and teachers “more flexibility” in their schedule, Leverett’s Chapel is considering a proposal >
Senate Shapes Plan for Private School Scholarships
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Apr 13, 5:09 AM: If so-called school choice legislation comes out of the Texas Senate, it is unlikely to call for using taxpayer dollars to fund private school vouchers.
Struggling Oak Cliff school to stay open after charter amended
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Apr 7, 5:48 AM: An Oak Cliff charter school that was in danger of closing under the state’s three-strikes law will get to stay open, elated school leaders said.
Arrow Academy, Snook school district hope for higher accreditation ratings after making progress
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Apr 6, 6:01 AM: Two Brazos Valley schools have been working to revamp curriculum, programs and some staffing after receiving low academic and accreditation ratings from the state.
Dallas Turnaround Plan
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Apr 3, 7:06 AM:

District plans to improve six schools that are struggling. Changes include removing ineffective teachers, extending school day, requirements to improve failing assignments. Similar to other efforts in cities across country.  >

State pulls plug on one S.A. charter school but another wins appeal
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Apr 1, 6:42 AM: The parent organization of the San Antonio Technology Academy, a charter high school enrolling 115 students, is planning to sue the Texas Education Agency for refusing to renew its charter, its principal said.

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