- SAISD partners with charter school district in educating students with disabilities
- > May 16, 4:46 AM: San Antonio Independent School District trustees Monday night approved a partnership that allows the John H. Wood Jr. charter school district to manage SAISD’s alternative school for students with emotional or behavioral
- More kids could go to school online under Texas bills to expand virtual learning
- May 15, 6:12 AM: Texas could greatly expand the reach of virtual charter schools even after the digital campuses have faltered across the state and nation.
- Senate panel slips school choice into school finance bill, approves it
- > May 12, 4:47 AM: In a surprise move on Thursday, Texas Senators slipped a school choice program into a House bill that would have injected $1.6 billion into the public education system and advanced the bill to the full Senate, which could consider
- For special ed advocates, one bill down and many more on the line
- May 11, 6:26 AM: With a major bill for students with disabilities flying to the governor's desk, special education advocates are looking ahead to smaller bills that might not survive the upcoming deadlines for legislation to pass.
- Cumberland Academy acquires Oak Hill Montessori
- May 9, 6:20 AM: Cumberland Academy charter school has announced a partnership with Oak Hill Montessori School that will allow a Montessori-based education from age 2 through high school.
- To slow the loss of students, Dallas ISD boss wants more school choices … and fast
- > May 4, 6:36 AM: "School choice" has created plenty of buzz over the past year, in classrooms, boardrooms and legislative halls from Austin to Washington. Dallas ISD isn’t immune to the hum. The state’s second-largest district is now pushing to
- Texas teacher appraisals won’t be tied to STAAR scores
- May 4, 6:08 AM: Four Texas teachers associations on Thursday settled lawsuits with the state’s education commissioner over an evaluation system that ties teacher appraisals to student scores on state-mandated exams.
- Senate passes bill to help save charter schools money on construction
- May 2, 5:00 AM: The state Senate has cleared a bill that would help save Texas charter schools money by allowing them more state-backed construction bonds.
- Senate passes bill to give charters funding for facilities
- > Apr 28, 6:49 AM: The Texas Senate on Thursday voted to give public charter schools state money to build facilities — a day after the governor joined thousands of charter students, parents, educators and activists in a rally on the Capitol
- Charters are threat to SISD, candidates say
- Apr 28, 5:15 AM: Fighting against charters is a key priority for all three Socorro school board candidates, who say the publicly funded but privately run schools will siphon students and state funding away from their district.
- House’s pared-down school choice bill garners criticism, applause
- Apr 28, 4:54 AM: Parents, educators and advocacy groups Thursday night both lauded and lambasted a House bill that would create a school choice program for special education students.
- Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick vows to push for charter school funding
- Apr 27, 5:27 AM: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said on Wednesday that he would push for more money for Texas charter schools during budget negotiations between the House and Senate.
- How vouchers became a flash point in a Dallas ISD trustee race
- Apr 27, 5:10 AM: Kirkpatrick’s claim that Marshall supports school vouchers took center stage, leaving the incumbent calling his opponent out for misleading voters about his dedication to public schools.
- Virtual school eyeing Wichita Falls students
- > Apr 18, 5:59 AM: A new virtual school is seeking to expand its reach in Wichita Falls. Texas Connections Academy, which partners with the Houston ISD, is offering an informational session for interested parents and their children 6 p.m. May 10 at
- Texas made a school district take in more students. But will it help fund them?
- > Apr 18, 5:32 AM: As lawmakers debate possible reforms to the school finance system this week, they might decide whether to continue offering extra funds to districts like Texas City ISD, which last year was forced to annex a struggling district next
- School choice advocates hope ‘special needs bill’ passes in compromise
- Apr 18, 4:57 AM: In the wake of the Texas House scuttling a Senate idea of spending tax dollars on private and home schooling, school choice advocates say they hope their ideas could come from the House itself.
- Patrick vows to continue school voucher fight
- Apr 17, 5:11 AM: The House may have all but driven a stake through the heart of school vouchers, but Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick vows that he isn’t giving up on the idea.
- Who are the forces behind the school voucher push in Texas?
- > Apr 17, 5:07 AM: Few topics being discussed at the State Capitol this session as well as at town hall meetings across the state are creating a stir, such as the proposal to create a school voucher system in Texas. Senate Bill 3 would give students
- As Dallas’ Focus Charter Faces Closure, Parents And Students Burdened With Next Move
- > Apr 12, 5:41 AM: Focus Academy, an 18-year-old charter school in southern Dallas, is about to close because the state says it has failed to improve bad ratings three years running. The school wants a reprieve after taking in kids from Prime Prep
- Patrick goes silent after House votes to reject school vouchers
- > Apr 10, 5:13 AM: A day after Texas House members pointedly approved an amendment to prohibit the use of public money for private schools, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, the Legislature's most vocal proponent of so-called "school choice," has yet to issue a