- TEA appeals Houston ISD takeover lawsuit ruling to Texas Supreme Court
- > Feb 26, 7:00 AM: Lawyers representing Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath, pictured in 2019, filed an appeal Wednesday asking the Texas Supreme Court to overturn a temporary injunction halting the state's plans to replace Houston ISD
- Texas to get $5.5 billion more in federal funding for schools but won’t say how it will be spent
- > Feb 15, 8:38 AM: Texas students need additional resources to overcome academic setbacks brought on by the pandemic, but school leaders aren’t so sure they’ll have the flexibility to spend new federal dollars to help them.
- Opinion: Save online schooling options for Texas students, even after the pandemic ends.
- > Feb 4, 7:22 AM: While virtual education has been a new phenomenon for millions of students, and hundreds of thousands of teachers in the last eleven months, those of us who have taught online prior to the pandemic find COVID-inspired
- San Antonio school choice runs on marketing - and the marketing has gone virtual
- > Feb 4, 6:40 AM: Ayla Dehghanpoor, director of marketing and communications for Families Empowered, a nonprofit dedicated to helping parents in Austin, Houston and San Antonio find and apply to schools, said the process this year has been
- Texas Gov. Abbott’s legislative priorities include police funding, broadband access
- > Feb 2, 7:29 AM: Other priorities mentioned by Abbott include making Texas a “Second Amendment Sanctuary State,” bolstering civics education classes in Texas classrooms and addressing mental health in the face of COVID-19.
- Katy charter school recognized for building student character
- Feb 1, 7:53 AM: Harmony School of Innovation-Katy is one of 15 Texas campuses named as State Schools of Character.
- Commentary: Charter schools impact their students, not state’s coffers
- Jan 28, 8:19 AM: Charter schools offer advanced coursework, dual-language programs and other opportunities to Texas students who wouldn’t have access to them in public schools.
- San Antonio educator: College-ready kids make poverty-proof adults
- Jan 28, 7:16 AM: Pedro Martinez grew up in a low-income, Hispanic school district. He feels strongly that getting students into college is important – but keeping them there is also a school district responsibility.
- Commentary: COVID-19 has parents demanding school options
- > Jan 27, 7:10 AM: At Families Empowered, we have provided uninterrupted, bilingual service to families needing help as schools closed, reopened and became “hybrid,” and as people “podded” up or home-schooled for the first time. Based on
- Charter School Advocates Ask Legislature to Ensure Charters Are Treated Fairly by Municipalities, Remove ‘Silent Cap’
- Jan 15, 7:38 AM: State lawmakers discussed challenges faced by charter schools and Texas public education as a whole at a pre-session policy event in Austin this week.
- Exercise your power to choose the right school for your child
- > Jan 12, 6:41 AM: Midland ISD offers families the ability to choose the educational experience they desire. Within MISD, there are more than 10 “schools of choice.” These are schools -- from elementary to high school -- that students and
- Uplift Education students and graduates share their charter school experiences
- Jan 11, 7:53 AM: Students and graduates from Uplift charter schools talk about what a charter school education means to them and urge support from the Texas Legislature.
- Charter schools to open in Grayson County
- > Jan 6, 7:07 AM: A non-profit called Responsive Education Solutions has been working since 2019 to open the facilities. They plan to provide education from kindergarten through 4th grade in Sherman and for older students in Whitewright.
- How the Rio Grande Valley improved education by competing and collaborating with charters
- > Dec 29, 7:00 AM: I don’t think the region would be as successful today without the competitive energy that charter schools injected into the education ecosystem; but I also know that IDEA would not have become the runaway success it is
- 82 Texas House members ask TEA to give school districts financial flexibility through end of school year
- > Dec 28, 8:09 AM: Eighty-two Texas lawmakers are asking the State to assure full funding to all school districts through the rest of the year. In a letter to Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath, State Rep. Steve Allison wrote,
- More rural school districts in San Antonio area throw in the towel on remote learning
- > Dec 28, 8:02 AM: As the fall semester came to a close Dec. 18 for most public schools, some rural superintendents were eliminating their remote learning programs, worried about the academic slide among students who weren’t sufficiently
- Opinion: How COVID-19 could force lawmakers to broaden K-12 school choice
- > Dec 21, 6:28 AM: If Texas legislators do not soon embrace new approaches to K-12 education, Texas could easily fall further behind its Sun Belt rivals in attracting education-minded newcomers to the state. And COVID-19 would be partly to
- Texas has $2 billion in COVID relief funds left to spend. Advocacy groups are anxiously watching.
- Dec 16, 8:33 AM: With only two weeks before the funding expires, Texas’ state government still hasn’t spent about a quarter of the $8 billion it received from the federal coronavirus relief bill.
- Opinion: COVID-19 put schools in a financial bind that will require hard budgeting decisions
- > Dec 15, 7:36 AM: Hard decisions about K-12 spending will undoubtedly extend well into the future. Now more than ever, state leaders need to make sound financial decisions to keep students healthy, to mitigate learning disparities, and to
- Houston-area teachers say they'll call out sick on Tuesday in protest of STAAR test
- Dec 15, 6:45 AM: Teachers claim schools are unsafe and the decision to conduct standardized tests this academic year puts them at an even greater risk.
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