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District of Innovation process begins for WFISD
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Oct 20, 5:38 AM: Imagine school administrator after school administrator having to fill out stacks and stacks of paperwork for stacks and stacks of reasons, such as for missing a required day of instruction because of icy weather, which would >
Lt. Governor Patrick attends local school choice rally
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Oct 19, 7:11 AM: Patrick was at Holy Cross Catholic School Tuesday for a rally calling for more school choices. Parents say they want more options for their children's education, including public, private and charter schools, plus more online >
TEA dismisses complaint against Harmony charter schools
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Oct 18, 6:12 AM: Texas state officials have dismissed a complaint by an agent of Turkey accusing a Houston-based network of charter schools of funneling contracts to Turkish-owned vendors who have ties to the organization's leadership.
State rejects Dallas ISD’s plans to fix 8 failing schools
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Oct 18, 5:33 AM: Unsatisfied with campus turnaround plans submitted by eight of the district’s lowest-performing campuses, the state agency has ordered DISD trustees to attend governance training or face stiff penalties, potentially including school >
School choice initiatives get chilly reception from House panel
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Oct 18, 4:41 AM: The Republican-dominated House Public Education Committee gave a wary reception Monday to several proposals that would allow parents to divert a portion of their school property taxes to offset costs for a range private education >
Texas lawmakers may consider retooled school choice initiative
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Oct 17, 4:43 AM: A proposal to allow parents to use a portion of their local school property taxes to offset expenses for private tuition, tutoring and other education options for their children likely will be presented to the Legislature next year >
New academy opens Sept. 6 with an innovative approach
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Oct 14, 6:07 AM: The academy’s curriculum mixes an online learning platform with live instruction, which allows teachers to engage each child at an individual level, he said. It also gives parents and staff real-time feedback on a student’s >
Citizens pushing for change with MISD school board election
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Oct 13, 5:16 AM: The Midland Students First group started a few months ago when parents and concerned citizens joined together to advocate for change.
Nevada court’s ruling on school vouchers could deter Texas efforts
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Oct 11, 4:58 AM: The Nevada Supreme Court ruling Thursday on that state’s school voucher-like program has caught the attention of Texas officials as lawmakers here weigh a similar approach.
IDEA grads reach college
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Oct 10, 5:58 AM: IDEA Public Schools announced this week that all students who graduated in its Class of 2016 have enrolled in college, with the exception of one student who joined the military and another who is unable to enroll for health reasons >
Texas Charter School Association hosts conference in Austin
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Oct 6, 6:05 AM: Sixteen-hundred educators gathered in Austin for the largest Texas Charter School Conference to date. They were there to discuss and learn techniques to improve the quality of their schools and achievement of their students because >
Why Are Some Central Texas Schools Resistant to ‘Districts of Innovation’?
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Oct 4, 5:25 AM: At least four Central Texas school districts are exploring a new state law that allows them to become a "district of innovation." That designation means they can be exempt from various state regulations – just as open enrollment >
IDEA celebrates 10 years in Brownsville
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Oct 3, 6:48 AM: IDEA Public Schools marked 10 years of existence in Brownsville at a celebratory luncheon that honored the contributions and achievements of senior leadership, founding students, teachers and community leaders.
Should private schools receive public funding?
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Oct 3, 4:38 AM: Some parents want to select private schools and receive state-funded scholarships, or vouchers, to pay a portion of the tuition. But voucher opponents say that money is taken away from public education.
DISD focused on opposing voucher systems in state’s legislative session in 2017
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Sep 28, 5:39 AM: School board member Mia Price said the first thing the district should focus on is the opposition of voucher systems, which would provide public funding for children to attend private schools.
District seeks some charter school privileges
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Sep 28, 5:19 AM: The Lake Travis school district could gain flexibility on school start and end dates, class size ratios and teacher appraisal requirements if it meets all of the criteria to become a “District of Innovation” as defined in House Bill >
Austin ISD takes preliminary steps to become innovation district
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Sep 27, 5:19 AM: The Austin school board Monday night took the first step in becoming the latest Central Texas District of Innovation, a designation that gives such districts freedoms similar to those that charter schools already have.
Seven Texas education issues to watch in 2017
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Sep 22, 5:50 AM: Call it vouchers or tax credits or savings accounts, the concept of spending taxpayer dollars on private schools (or private tutoring or private online classes) is spurring intense debate again after a failed attempt in 2015. Senate >
Lake Travis district seeks some charter school privileges
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Sep 21, 5:31 AM: The Lake Travis school district could gain flexibility on school start and end dates, class size ratios and teacher appraisal requirements if they meet all of the criteria to become a “District of Innovation” as defined in House >
Texas state lawmakers to consider Education Savings Accounts
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Sep 20, 4:41 AM: State lawmakers will soon discuss new legislation that would allow children to leave Texas public schools and take some state dollars with them so parents can choose the best education mix for their child.

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