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Column: Paying Dallas ISD trustees is an idea worth pursuing
May 7, 4:54 AM: Look at the candidates vying to replace veteran Dallas ISD trustee Carla Ranger and you get an idea of the serious moves to improve public schools.
Superintendent Salaries Criticized
May 6, 5:28 AM:

TX Board of Education released numbers on differences between charter and public superintendent compensation and points out differences in per-student pay. Very one-sided interpretation that omits opposing perspective.

Charter School Spending Questioned
May 5, 8:23 AM: The Texas State Board of Education is accusing some charter schools of overcharging taxpayers, 1200 WOAI news. Tom Ratliff is calling on the State Commissioner of Education and the Legislature to get involved.
NCLB waiver would place teacher evaluation mandates on Texas school districts
May 5, 6:50 AM: Texas public school teachers could soon be evaluated in part based on student performance as part of an effort to exempt the state from rigorous federal accountability requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act.
TX Education Celebrated
May 5, 5:43 AM:

KIPP schools win an award in Houston in a celebration of public education, among other schools and districts recognized.  Little background given on awards given by H-E-B nor any winning teachers.

Suit challenging HISD teacher reviews could have national impact
May 2, 6:18 AM: Last October, the marquee outside Jackson Middle School in southeast Houston celebrated Daniel Santos as teacher of the month - an award from the principal for his good work as a social studies instructor and club sponsor.
UTPB STEM Academy Holds Lottery
May 1, 5:05 AM: With only 308 open spots and over 500 applicants for the UTPB STEM Charter Academy, tonight's drawing was filled with mixed emotions.
Group calls for change in low-performing schools
Apr 29, 5:20 AM: Local control of chronic low-performing public schools could be challenged by the state. Texans for Education Reform are targeting these problem schools with failing students, because most do not rebound over the years.
North Texas charter schools more likely to perform poorly, group’s rankings find
Apr 28, 5:06 AM: A higher percentage of charter schools in North Texas perform badly compared with all local public schools. And they also suffer compared with charter schools statewide, according to an annual school ratings list released Sunday by >
Houston a stronghold of school choice
Apr 28, 5:04 AM: In most communities, families send their children to the schools closest to their homes. But Houston is different. The city was among the first to embrace school choice, with hundreds of magnet and charter schools that enroll >
Charter schools’ director charts growth plan
Apr 28, 4:31 AM: As executive director of Texas Charter Schools Association, Dunn is carrying a Texas Legislature mandate to increase the number of charters in the state, from 215 to 225 this year and a total of 305 in the next six years.
Neugebauer visits Lubbock charter school (CER in the news)
Apr 25, 7:40 AM: Just two days after the U.S. House of Representatives Education Committee discussed changes to charter school operations, U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Lubbock, took a tour of Lubbock’s Rise Academy.
Applications filling up for UTPB charter school
Apr 25, 5:24 AM: Barely a week since the big announcement by the University of Texas of the Permian Basin that it’s opening a kindergarten through sixth-grade charter school, prospective parents are filling up the designated 308 spots — and the town >
Column: Take a hard look at Abbott’s takeover plan for schools
Apr 25, 5:15 AM: Sigh. Progress has been tragically slow for the students of North Forest. And their saga makes great fodder for those beating the drum to create something called an "achievement school district" in Texas. It would have the power to >
TX Governor Candidate Sounds Off
Apr 24, 5:09 AM:

Local control main focus of proposed plan ahead of gubernatorial election for Greg Abbot, funding and teacher training important parts as well.  Political talk leaves little room for data or a survey of other plans.  >

Movement For TX Statewide District
Apr 23, 5:55 AM:

TX group calls for removing low-performing campuses from control of local districts, urges legislative action and develops a PAC.  Need for action highlighted with data, no word on next steps for the committee which heard the call >

Ideas for Dallas ISD ‘home rule’ have been tried in other states
Apr 21, 4:53 AM: If supporters of a home-rule plan for Dallas ISD succeed, the district will join a few large districts in the nation that have pursued nontraditional approaches.
Editorial: New charter school a good thing for Odessa
Apr 21, 4:45 AM: Tuesday’s announcement that a new player was on the horizon to educate elementary students in Odessa is a good thing all the way around.
Charter Enters Public Pool
Apr 15, 5:08 AM:

TX charter school gains access to state-run education insurance fund.  Successfully outlines future benefits for school but doesn't detail implications for other charters in the state.

Pro-charter group’s proposal to fund travel by state officials draws heat
Apr 14, 5:30 AM: Citing concerns from school district superintendent and their own committee members, state education leaders have put on hold a nonprofit's proposal offering them $15,000 to take "fact-finding" visits to charter schools interested >



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