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State seeks extra year to test new teacher evaluation system
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Jul 24, 7:54 AM:

Texas needs an extra year to try out its new system for evaluating teachers, delaying any statewide use until fall 2016, Education Commissioner Michael Williams told federal officials Wednesday.

In Houston, traditional public schools share ideas and a roof with charter schools
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Jul 23, 7:56 AM:

Relations between charter schools and traditional public schools have often been hostile, and that’s become a more intense problem in recent years. About 4 percent of U.S. students attend about 5,000 charter schools.

Dallas, Fort Worth districts pledge to improve outcomes for young men of color
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Jul 22, 8:18 AM:

Today 60 school urban school districts — including Dallas and Fort Worth — committed to improve academic achievement for black and Latino male students at a White House event.

Midland’s private schools experiencing high demand
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Jul 21, 8:26 AM:

Midland’s ever-increasing private school enrollment numbers are bucking the national norm.

Education board scolds state commissioner
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Jul 17, 4:46 AM: Texas Board of Education members sharply criticized the state’s top education official on Wednesday for overriding a board veto and allowing an Arizona-based charter school to open campuses in suburban Dallas despite concerns that >
Dallas charter school Children First Academy will get to reopen
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Jul 17, 4:44 AM: The state will allow a troubled Dallas charter school to reopen, even as concerns about school spending, student testing and other issues persist.
Charter Approval in Crosshairs at SBOE Meeting
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Jul 16, 7:37 AM: After the approval of an Arizona-based charter school’s expansion into the Dallas area, the role of the state’s education chief in the charter school application process is under scrutiny.
Charter Fate Looks Grim
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Jul 16, 5:38 AM:

TX charter may close due to financial issues and noncompliance with state regulations. Provides details of situation, and includes parental voice. 

University to house charter campus
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Jul 15, 5:57 AM: A charter school offered by the University of Texas at Tyler will soon have a new building on the Longview University Center campus.
As Teacher Pay Lags, Attrition and Class Size Grow
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Jul 11, 7:43 AM: Stacked up against other states, Texas public schools could win the best-bang-for-your-buck competition. The state has consistently ranked among the bottom five nationally in per-student spending.
Henderson ISD praised for sharing space among schools
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Jul 10, 6:13 AM: Two schools in Henderson ISD that share a commons space are an example of how school districts can be financially prudent with taxpayer dollars, a state office said this week.
Thirty Years, Same Rules
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Jul 7, 6:19 AM:

House Bill 72, filed in 1984, continues to affect TX students. Provides history of bill, but lacks details on current initiatives and litigation. Significance of bill to local and national debates is not clear. 

Editorial: Bad optics for Dallas charter school waiver
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Jul 7, 5:46 AM: Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has sparked questions about the new charter school approval process passed by the Legislature last year by granting Great Hearts Academy permission to open campuses in the Dallas and >
TEA Chief Circumvents State Board Charter School Veto
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Jul 3, 7:29 AM: Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has used his waiver authority to effectively overrule a vote by the State Board of Education to deny an Arizona-based charter school's expansion into the Dallas area, according to an >
KIPP brings another Broad Prize to Houston
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Jul 2, 6:39 AM: KIPP charter schools, which started in Houston and now educate 58,000 students across the country, won the coveted Broad Prize Tuesday as the nation's best public charter system.
New teacher evaluation system factors in STAAR
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Jun 27, 5:26 AM: A new state evaluation system, to be piloted in Highland Park and Tulia independent school districts, will take into account scores from the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness.
Ignite charter school fills career-oriented niche
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Jun 25, 5:57 AM: A new welding program at the Ignite Public Schools campus on East Elizabeth Street in Brownsville has students on track to graduate with a high school diploma and a head start on a high-paying career.
Editorial: Dallas ISD still faces challenges to break with the past
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Jun 24, 5:59 AM: As Mayor Mike Rawlings and others have said, Dallas schools can no longer afford to tolerate mediocrity or compromise future generations of students. At stake is the future of Dallas, which requires a better-educated workforce. The >
Plans gel for YES Prep high school
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Jun 18, 5:52 AM: Planning for a new high school in Spring Branch Independent School District is shifting into full gear as administrators prepare for the opening of the SKY Partnership's YES Prep High Northbrook in fall 2015.
Teachers group sues over Dallas ISD home-rule effort
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Jun 12, 5:25 AM: Dallas teachers group Alliance-AFT filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Dallas ISD, claiming that the district’s process to appoint a home-rule charter commission violates state law.

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