- House panel changes $1.9 billion school funding proposal
- Aug 1, 7:42 AM: A bill that promises to pump more than $1 billion more into the state’s public education system underwent a last minute change on Monday before a House committee voted on it and advanced it again to the full chamber.
- Abbott’s list shows public dollars for private schools still tough sell in House
- Aug 1, 6:38 AM: When the special session started, Gov. Greg Abbott promised to release lists about who supports his items—and one list, in particular, is coming up short.
- NAACP wants major charter school changes. What would they mean in Texas?
- Jul 31, 6:29 AM: The NAACP this week called for major reform within the charter school movement, including a ban on for-profit charter management companies and changes to the school approval process.
- Kyle’s first charter school scheduled to open in fall 2018
- Jul 28, 6:59 AM: Kyle is scheduled to get its first charter school next year when IDEA Public Schools plans to open a campus on Goforth Road near the Bluestem St. intersection.
- Analysis: For lawmakers, like kids, education can be very difficult
- Jul 28, 6:22 AM: The governor put a number of public education proposals on the Legislature's plate for the current special session. Getting more than one or two into law would defy the odds.
- Vouchers, squabbles on how to pay could kill Texas lawmakers' tweaks of school finance
- > Jul 27, 5:50 AM: Although the House and Senate's chief education policy writers have narrowed their differences on tweaking school finance, the two chambers still disagree over school vouchers for disabled students and how to pay for more school
- Property Tax And School Voucher Moved Quickly In Texas Senate, But House May Say Not So Fast
- Jul 26, 5:51 AM: The House has repeatedly voted against vouchers, and in the regular session they did not even take a vote on the property tax measure.
- Senate approves bills on "private school choice" and school finance study
- Jul 25, 5:20 AM: The Texas Senate tentatively passed legislation Monday to subsidize private school tuition and a bill to study the system for funding public schools — two of six bills the upper chamber discussed Monday.
- Senate panel OKs private school scholarship, funding commission bills
- Jul 24, 6:03 AM: The Senate Education Committee passed two key bills on Friday, including one that would create a scholarship program for students looking to enroll in private school.
- Senate panel to hear ‘school choice,’ finance bill Friday
- Jul 21, 5:33 AM: The Senate Education Committee on Friday will consider two bills that address many of the major education-related issues on the special session call, including school finance and ‘private school choice.'
- Dallas ISD Pushes Back Against Charter Schools
- Jul 20, 7:23 AM: One Dallas area charter school network’s gradual expansion is having a direct impact on Texas’ 2nd largest school system: Dallas ISD.
- Crunch Time For New SAISD Charter School
- > Jul 17, 9:02 AM: CAST, or the Centers for Applied Science and Technology is the brainchild of HEB's Charles Butt. And CAST Tech is the first and a collaboration between HEB, Charles Butt, SAISD and the technology community. Subsequent CAST schools
- Patrick, Straus war escalates ahead of special session
- Jul 14, 6:20 AM: The special-session agenda includes some education items, including teacher pay, a commission to study school funding and the controversy-stirring school voucher proposal for students with special needs.
- Kyle charter school clears first hurdle
- Jul 13, 5:45 AM: The path toward a charter school opening in Kyle moved ahead Tuesday when Planning and Zoning commissioners recommended approval of two conditional use permits (CUP) for the first phase of the campus.
- King: room for vouchers in school finance
- Jul 12, 5:52 AM: The primary focus of school finance should be public schools, but school vouchers need to be addressed, said Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford) as he gave an update on the 85th legislature to Weatherford Rotary members Wednesday.
- Critics say Texas bill could hurt teacher unions
- Jul 6, 7:44 AM: As Texas lawmakers get ready to head back to Austin for a special session, some Borderland teachers’ unions say they will be keeping a close eye on one bill in particular.
- Proposed Vouchers Wouldn't Reach Most Special Needs Students
- > Jul 5, 5:29 AM: The upcoming special legislative session is likely to provide just as many fireworks as the regular session did. Among the most controversial issues on the table is the contentious debate between the House and Senate over "private
- KIPP schools charged unallowable student fees, state agency finds
- Jul 3, 7:48 AM: Now, Courtney and several other KIPP Houston parents are furious because they believe they were duped by the charter nonprofit system into paying for what they believe should be a free public education.
- State clears path for three new charter schools to open in Austin
- Jun 26, 7:28 AM: Friday, the State Board of Education cleared the way for a new charter school operator to open three new campuses in Austin over the next five years.
- House education leaders won’t budge on school finance, private school choice
- Jun 26, 5:40 AM: The top House education leader said Sunday that “private school choice” is still dead in the lower chamber.