- 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:
- TX Critics Of AYP
13 "Big Country" districts file complaint seeking to toss all ratings since 2003. Describes Supers' contention that schools doing well on statewide tests but poorly by fed standards creates too much confusion.
Nov 19, 1:21 PM:
- Underfunded ELL
Skyrocketing numbers of ELL students in TX and programs for them are severely underfunded, says bilingual ed expert at school finance trial. Very short article includes data on numbers and also achievement levels.
Nov 16, 11:46 AM:
- TX On Track For New Rating
Ed head says lowering achievement gap will be top consideration as state reworks its school rating system. Other measures are test scores, student growth and post-HS readiness. Approach so far has child advocate's approval. >
Nov 16, 7:17 AM:
- TX District Training Funding
Wichita Falls to use dollars from general and food service funds to pay for stipends to teachers attending sessions on system's strategic plan. Looks at numbers involved but doesn't provide much info on what they'll be learning. >
Nov 14, 12:37 PM:
- Vouchers On Agenda
New chair of TX Senate Ed Committee favors vouchers, but another district's rep does not. Vouchers will be hot issue this session. Covers some of the already-underway political posturing on topic.
Nov 14, 7:09 AM:
- Prison Time For False Reports
TX lawmaker sponsors bill that tacks on prison time for reporting false ed data to state. Bill is fallout from one district's testing scandal. Companion bill gives TEA authority to issue subpoenas for records.
Nov 13, 4:58 PM:
- Lawsuit Turns To Class Size
Expert tells TX court hearing school finance case students in smaller classes perform better on exams and in life. Describes testimony about studies. Recaps claims funding structure unconstitutional.
Nov 9, 12:00 PM:
- Finance Trial’s Tough Questions
2/3 of districts in TX went to court to secure more funds for their schools. Tough cross exam by state, with penetrating questions: Where is evidence that connects $$ with achievement? Can learning occur without iPads?
Nov 9, 6:41 AM:
- Choice Boosts Equity
Closing the funding gap heart of lawsuit underway in TX, which involves over half of state's districts. Nitty gritty of housing differentials and what that means for kids. Another voice in suit suggests vouchers/charters as >
Nov 2, 8:26 AM:
- Austin Board Race
Super's support for charters at stake in Board race because Board race could "shift balance of power" for Board. Profile of each candidate that takes the plunge on their ed views.
Nov 1, 5:53 AM:
- Racing By Teachers
Unions in several TX districts charge district bypassed them when it came to input for Race to the Top apps. Because it is a non-collective bargaining state, apps must receive 70% of teacher vote. Lots of detail, but no hint if >
Oct 31, 6:32 AM:
- TX District Campaign Themes
Overview of race for 4 board seats with most attention on which candidates running in which slates. Issues of low test scores and high dropout rate briefly noted with recap of tensions with Super over accountability.
Oct 30, 3:56 PM:
- School Funding Election Issue
Challengers vying for seats on Clint (TX) board say they'll fight to resolve differences in per pupil spending in district. Ideas/plans for doing so profiled. Numbers included to show disparity.
Oct 29, 9:48 PM: