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EDITORIAL: BISD must use reprieve well, consider charter option
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Apr 8, 7:43 AM: Another option is to hire a charter partner to take over a school like MLK, something the district has already done at three other campuses. The Bob Hope School in Port Arthur has proposed taking over a fourth school in >
Now more than ever, Houston’s ‘digital divide’ imperils children’s education
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Apr 6, 6:53 AM: Districts throughout the region are scrambling to equip tens of thousands of children with computers and internet access, jockeying with each other to secure coveted devices in high demand during the pandemic. In the >
Mesquite charter school director goes extra mile to deliver laptops during coronavirus outbreak
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Apr 3, 7:42 AM: Students all have the computers at the school to allow them to complete online work but did not take them home during spring break. Now, with the campus shut down because of a shelter-in-place order to slow the spread of >
Home-Schooling Moms’ Best Advice for Parents Forced Into Home Schooling
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Mar 31, 6:05 AM: Schools all over the country are switching to online classes, which means families everywhere are grappling with a new challenge: having to school at home. Instead of having our kids leave in the morning to be taught by >
Texas charter schools provide students 24-hour counseling during COVID-19 crisis
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Mar 25, 7:33 AM: A system of charter schools around Texas is helping its students cope better with their feelings of isolation and confusion amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Texans Can Academies is providing a counseling service that students >
Students have been taking classes online, at home for years. Here’s how it works.
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Mar 24, 6:40 AM: Luis, who lives in Missouri City, has been taking all of his classes online since he was third-grader in 2008, the same year Texas Connections Academy began logging students on to learn. The virtual charter school now >
Board to decide on in-district charter partnership for Houston
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Mar 24, 6:05 AM: After a pair of community meetings to help educate Midlanders on the Sam Houston Collegiate Prep transformation into an in-district charter, the Midland ISD board will vote Tuesday to partner with an out-of-state >
Digital divide suddenly wider
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Mar 23, 7:31 AM: Almost a quarter of Bexar County households do not have desktop or laptop computers and about 21 percent don’t have broadband internet, 2017 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show.
Commentary: Rural school districts struggle to keep principals
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Mar 18, 6:04 AM: The school improvement processes that lead to higher-performing and more equitable schools require principals to stay for at least three to five years. It takes time to build capacity, establish trusting relationships, and >
Editorial: School-to-prison pipeline needs to be shut off
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Mar 6, 8:12 AM: The disturbing findings of a recently released report from the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition show how harsh disciplinary policies that offer little or no flexibility disproportionately affect students of color and those >
Opinion: New academies with hands-on training a better fit than college for many Texas youth
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Mar 4, 8:17 AM: A growing number of high schools in Texas — 63 to be exact — now include six-year academies providing students groundbreaking access to high-demand technology careers. Among them are Avalos P-Tech High School in Aldine, >
Former South San Antonio ISD leaders pushing charter schools
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Mar 3, 8:15 AM: Several former leaders of South San Antonio Independent School District, which was disrupted by trustee infighting last year and now faces a state investigation, have joined charter school start-ups that want to open >
IDEA Public Schools headed for Houston with high acceptance rates — and plenty of skeptics
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Feb 25, 8:05 AM: Lopez has reached those goals this school year, earning acceptance letters from Louisiana State University, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. He is poised to join an IDEA >
Free San Antonio education program helps adults finish college
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Feb 20, 7:41 AM: In 2015 a report from SA2020 revealed that 285,000 adults in Bexar County had some college credit, but no degree. That statistic spurred the creation of Upgrade the Fourth program powered by the San Antonio Education >
Silver Lining, Cloud, Silver Lining Again in Dallas Public Schools
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Feb 19, 7:43 AM: But the results are clear, too. Since Dallas adopted its Teacher Excellence Index in 2014 to identify its best and worst teachers, the district’s students have chopped their own achievement gap in half. The district-wide >
MISD board leaders look another charter operator
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Feb 19, 7:18 AM: Third Future Schools, which operates three schools in Colorado, appears to be geared for grades pre-K through fifth. Agenda documents included a teacher compensation plan and a school calendar that shows the first day of >
Planned charter school would join growing crowd in Round Rock
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Feb 13, 7:56 AM: A Lewisville-based educational company with 70 campuses throughout Texas and Arkansas has its sights set on building a new academy in Round Rock.
Millions more from the state will allow Dallas ISD to give more teacher stipends at needy schools
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Feb 10, 9:31 AM: A landmark Texas school finance bill created a teacher pay allotment that could provide Dallas with $28 million in additional funding for teachers.
Charter school backlash shows why oversight is needed in Texas [Opinion]
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Feb 6, 8:32 AM: IDEA Public Schools recently cancelled a multimillion-dollar lease for a private jet and San Antonio Spurs tickets after a wave of negative backlash. State officials should dig a bit deeper to ensure IDEA and other charter >
After jet backlash, IDEA charter schools curbing more ‘hard to defend’ spending
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Jan 31, 8:19 AM: In a letter sent to IDEA’s 7,000-plus employees, CEO Tom Torkelson apologized for spending patterns that have brought unflattering attention to the state’s largest charter school organization.

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