- TX Reform Plans
TX Senate reform plan includes tax credits and more charter schools. Voucher opponents criticize credits, but proponents point out competition aspect and giving families opportunities.
Dec 20, 7:13 AM:
- Charter Group Ponders TX Future
IDEA Public Schools exploring how to serve its students now that Austin district voided contract. Recaps controversies and board election results bringing opponents to power. Mostly looks at both sides trading charges. Need more >
Dec 19, 6:07 AM:
- Charter Partnership Dissolved
Split Austin (TX) board votes to end deal with IDEA following last year's takeover controversy at elementary school, saying issue too divisive. Covers debate, but not much on what happens next for students at schools impacted by >
Dec 18, 6:17 AM:
- School Policy Shift Criticized
Irving (TX) charter's plan to add ZIP-code consideration to admissions lottery upsets parents. Explores reasons for proposed change and decision to delay decision. Includes views of both sides.
Dec 18, 6:03 AM:
- RttT Funding Interest
Profiles TX Gov's opposition to seeking fed $$ and rule change allowing individual districts and charters to do so that saw state lead nation in applications and 2 systems win millions. Most attention politics, not on how schools >
Dec 17, 7:48 AM:
- Cumberland Academy Grows
Existing charter school in Tyler, TX, to add 7th and 8th grade in next 2 years. Location and logistics, including teacher applications, are covered, but void is any background on the charter school itself or its performance. >
Dec 17, 6:12 AM:
- Board Meeting Camp Out
Austin (TX) Supporters and opponents of IDEA Charter showed up Sunday night to get speaking slots for tonight's meeting. Describes how 2 sides divvied up time. Doesn't explain why those against received most spots.
Dec 17, 6:03 AM:
- TX Districts Consider Options
Analysis of school choice in state and difficulty for parents to get info about what's available for their kids. Makes case for open enrollment. Explores how works but gives little attention to vouchers. All attention on trads. >
Dec 14, 5:43 AM:
- TX District Choice Support
Overview of proposed South Austin in-district charter board trustees to act on next week. Goes to great lengths to showcase differences between community backing of this school and opposition to IDEA Allan, as if to promote this >
Dec 13, 6:34 AM:
- TX Charters Win Fed Grant
Harmony and IDEA schools each awarded nearly $30M in RttT funding. Notes how $$ to be used. Describes both operations' successful track record on student achievement. Recaps controversy surrounding Harmony and financial audit and >
Dec 12, 6:40 AM:
- TX Choice Battle Brewing
Looks at potential for close relationship between educators and lawmakers to be strained over voucher push in Legislature. Describes usual opponent argument about drain on resources and supporters' view more options needed. >
Dec 7, 6:47 AM:
- El Paso School Leadership Change
TX Ed Commish sends warning with decision to remove district's elected trustees and replace with appointed managers. Recaps cheating scandal. Describes reasons for wanting to clean house. Includes board pres. reaction. >
Dec 7, 6:04 AM:
- TX District Board Booted
State Ed Commish strips El Paso trustees of their duties, replacing them with appointed managers. Notes move will need fed DOJ approval. Briefly recaps cheating scandal that rocked school system.
Dec 7, 6:01 AM:
- TX Commish Urges Charter Promo
New state leader urges advocates to become "evangelists" and spread message about good work charters do. Describes other call for high performers to mentor lagging schools. Looks ahead to next legislative session where public ed >
Dec 5, 6:35 AM:
- Super On Chopping Block
Canutillo (TX) board considering district leader's future. Describes internal audit report on transfer credit process. Recaps Super's alleged role in El Paso cheating scandal. Doesn't make clear whether connected here. >
Dec 4, 12:51 PM:
- Putting Breaks On Charter Expansion
Austin (TX) board considering changing contract with IDEA to stop growth into HS. Describes request to Super for review of provisions and reaction of charter operator. Notes Dec. 31st deadline for modifying partnership.
Dec 4, 6:36 AM:
- Funding For NOLA Charter Expansion
TX-based foundation donates millions to help high-performing schools expands and to create new ones in LA district. Notes is 2nd investment in city. Attention on group's background and how/who will manage initiative.
Nov 29, 6:36 AM:
- Duncan Visits Turnaround Project
Dallas (TX) officials show Fed Ed Chief one of its worst performers and showcase reform plans for both it and district. Describes efforts to win RttT funding, having been named finalist.
Nov 28, 8:03 AM:
- Prosperity Problem
In some TX locations, poor districts that, due to an economic oil boom, see property values skyrocketing move from "property poor" to "property wealthy," although they are still needy. In-depth coverage of glitch in funding >
Nov 21, 5:58 AM:
- Target Achievement Gap
New TX ed head says closing achievement gap top priority. Appointed in August, he wants school ratings to include multiple factors: the gap, test scores, student growth, post-HS preparedness.
Nov 20, 12:51 PM: