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'It's been chaotic' | Parents struggle with possibility of more remote learning next school year
May 14, 6:25 AM: The Texas Education Agency is recommending sweeping school calendar changes to help deal with the “devastating impact” of COVID-19 on student achievement.
Margaret Spellings: Pandemic highlights Texas' educational shortcomings
May 8, 8:10 AM: In all of these ways, Texas has responded to the coronavirus with determination. Now, Texans everywhere — from the Governor’s Mansion to family dinner tables — are charting a course to the future. We must learn from the >
Column: IDEA’s takeover of Travis creates excitement about performance
May 8, 6:54 AM: Midlanders are embracing the opportunity for academic excellence. This seems to be the case, judging by a waitlist of more than 300 for IDEA Public School’s takeover of Travis Elementary.
Texas-based charter chain to open new school in August at El Paso parochial school site
May 8, 6:27 AM: A new public charter school is opening this fall at the site of Faith Christian Academy, a private parochial school that will no longer exist come the end of this year.
What will school look like in August? Not business as usual, Dallas superintendent says
May 5, 6:58 AM: Educators don’t know what to expect for the first day next school year, so they are planning for multiple scenarios that will likely include some in-person classes as well as virtual lessons, Dallas Superintendent Michael >
Group wants to give San Antonio parents the knowledge and advocacy skills to improve schools
Apr 27, 5:43 AM: Mindshift ED looks to join the ranks of other parent-led movements that have modeled themselves on Memphis Lift, a group that started going door to door in 2015 to engage with parents in the lowest performing schools and >
San Antonio charter network, ordered to close school, plans lawsuit against TEA
Apr 23, 6:04 AM: New Frontiers Public Schools plans to file a lawsuit against the Texas Education Agency in response to the agency ordering the nerwork to close its elementary and middle school campus on the South Side by phasing out >
Editorial: Charter school plan doesn’t give us much confidence
Apr 22, 7:00 AM: Anyone who’s been paying attention knew months ago Longview ISD was laying the foundation to convert all its campuses into charter schools run by private organizations.
International Leadership of Texas reinvents education for 19,500 students in one week
Apr 21, 7:18 AM: When the COVID-19 outbreak shut down schools across the nation in mid-March, many families were left with great uncertainty about their children’s education while school districts scrambled to find a solution to continue >
Special education students fall behind as Texas schools scramble to adapt
Apr 10, 8:57 AM: Before the coronavirus pandemic, Texas schools were already failing many students with disabilities. School closings have made the job tougher and forced many parents to become amateur special ed teachers.
Trade students having to learn remotely
Apr 10, 6:39 AM: While this helps trade students maintain their knowledge base about their specific skill, it lacks the essential hands-on component so vital in trades. And of course, with COVID-19, hands-on is out of the question. >
IDEA, YES Prep among winners of $130M in federal grants for Texas charter schools
Apr 9, 8:22 AM: Three of Texas’ largest charter school operators have won federal grants totaling more than $130 million, some of which will fund their expansion in the Houston area over the next several years.
EDITORIAL: BISD must use reprieve well, consider charter option
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.



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