Texas is spending millions to bring the “portfolio model” to its schools. The strategy has led to te
Oct 10, 12:00 AM
Texas is spending millions to bring the "portfolio model" to its schools. The strategy has led to teacher strikes in other states.
Texas is encouraging its school districts to drastically change how they manage their campuses — an effort to quickly cut down the number that are low-performing. It is spending more than $20 million a year in state and federal dollars on districts and outside consultants working to give individual schools more freedom from state and local regulations, with mixed results: Some schools are performing better in state ratings; others are continuing to struggle. The controversial national approach is especially unpopular with teacher groups, and has led to strikes in cities like Denver and Los Angeles.