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School finance legislation is pronounced dead
May 25, 4:46 AM: He said the “private school choice” program the Senate stuck in his bill would not help students with disabilities, because it would provide each with about $8,000 of state money to attend specialized private schools that cost much >
Special committee to consider ‘District of Innovation’ implications for CCISD
May 23, 5:58 AM: The Corpus Christi Independent School District is taking the next step to see if it should become a "District of innovation." At a CCISD public hearing that began just after 6 p.m., the school board voted to create a special >
Texas House members say voucher plan could kill school finance measure
May 23, 5:22 AM: The fate of millions of dollars in education funding hung in limbo Monday as lawmakers braced for the last full week of a legislative session marked by power grabs over contentious cultural battles in the Republican-controlled >
Texas Senate puts voucher-like program in school finance bill
May 22, 4:57 AM: The Texas Senate voted to approve a bill that would simplify funding formulas for public schools and let parents use state money to send their kids with disabilities to private schools or pay for homeschooling.
Advocates Pushing for Saving Accounts for Special Needs Students
May 19, 6:22 AM: Inside the state capitol, politicians debate the dollars and sense that would make Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) a reality. Advocates want those accounts for students with special needs. An ESA would give those parents access to >
House plans to counter Patrick’s school finance offer with no ‘vouchers’
May 18, 4:51 AM: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has offered to inject $500 million into the public school system if the Texas House agrees to implement a school choice program this session.
Virtual charter schools wouldn’t be expanded just yet: Texas Senate wants a study first
May 17, 5:59 AM: Texas' move to greatly expand virtual charter schools despite their lackluster performance was significantly scaled back Tuesday.
SAISD partners with charter school district in educating students with disabilities
May 16, 4:46 AM: San Antonio Independent School District trustees Monday night approved a partnership that allows the John H. Wood Jr. charter school district to manage SAISD’s alternative school for students with emotional or behavioral >
More kids could go to school online under Texas bills to expand virtual learning
May 15, 6:12 AM: Texas could greatly expand the reach of virtual charter schools even after the digital campuses have faltered across the state and nation.
Senate panel slips school choice into school finance bill, approves it
May 12, 4:47 AM: In a surprise move on Thursday, Texas Senators slipped a school choice program into a House bill that would have injected $1.6 billion into the public education system and advanced the bill to the full Senate, which could consider >
For special ed advocates, one bill down and many more on the line
May 11, 6:26 AM: With a major bill for students with disabilities flying to the governor's desk, special education advocates are looking ahead to smaller bills that might not survive the upcoming deadlines for legislation to pass.
Cumberland Academy acquires Oak Hill Montessori
May 9, 6:20 AM: Cumberland Academy charter school has announced a partnership with Oak Hill Montessori School that will allow a Montessori-based education from age 2 through high school.
To slow the loss of students, Dallas ISD boss wants more school choices … and fast
May 4, 6:36 AM: "School choice" has created plenty of buzz over the past year, in classrooms, boardrooms and legislative halls from Austin to Washington. Dallas ISD isn’t immune to the hum. The state’s second-largest district is now pushing to >
Texas teacher appraisals won’t be tied to STAAR scores
May 4, 6:08 AM: Four Texas teachers associations on Thursday settled lawsuits with the state’s education commissioner over an evaluation system that ties teacher appraisals to student scores on state-mandated exams.
Senate passes bill to help save charter schools money on construction
May 2, 5:00 AM: The state Senate has cleared a bill that would help save Texas charter schools money by allowing them more state-backed construction bonds.
Senate passes bill to give charters funding for facilities
Apr 28, 6:49 AM: The Texas Senate on Thursday voted to give public charter schools state money to build facilities — a day after the governor joined thousands of charter students, parents, educators and activists in a rally on the Capitol >
Charters are threat to SISD, candidates say
Apr 28, 5:15 AM: Fighting against charters is a key priority for all three Socorro school board candidates, who say the publicly funded but privately run schools will siphon students and state funding away from their district.
House’s pared-down school choice bill garners criticism, applause
Apr 28, 4:54 AM: Parents, educators and advocacy groups Thursday night both lauded and lambasted a House bill that would create a school choice program for special education students.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick vows to push for charter school funding
Apr 27, 5:27 AM: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said on Wednesday that he would push for more money for Texas charter schools during budget negotiations between the House and Senate.
How vouchers became a flash point in a Dallas ISD trustee race
Apr 27, 5:10 AM: Kirkpatrick’s claim that Marshall supports school vouchers took center stage, leaving the incumbent calling his opponent out for misleading voters about his dedication to public schools.



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