Top conservatives clamoring for ‘school choice’ voucher plans in the Texas Legislature are offering other priorities that are less hot-button but still may spark bitter floor fights.
Texas high school students showed improvements on end-of-course standardized tests in biology and algebra, and posted strong passing rates on a history exam administered statewide for the first time but lagged in English.
On May 22, for the first time, the Dallas Independent School District will hear arguments for and against a home rule charter. The pros and cons will come from the two main groups who’ve formed on both sides of the issue.
Texas education authorities said the number of schools falling short of minimum standards and placed on the Public Education Grant list doubled from 2012 because of newer, higher standards.
Just in time for the holidays, a Texas lawmaker is making extra sure everyone remembers wishing someone “Merry Christmas” is now protected by law in public schools around the state.
Dallas Schools Superintendent Mike Miles did not lose his job Monday night. On Tuesday Miles acknowledged a chasm between he and some trustees who believe he is no longer suitable for the job.
With the exception of just a few districts across North Texas, the school bells are ringing again. In the Dallas Independent School District one might give an “E” for effort.
The Lovejoy ISD Board of Trustees decided to go the “innovative strategy” route, which will be to open the district up for transfer students in exchange for a fee.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has issued a general opinion on whether local municipalities and school districts can grant benefits to the domestic partners of employees — Abbott said if they do they’re breaking Texas law.
The Texas Senate has approved legislation to expedite the parental right to close public schools or convert them into charter schools if they are under performing academically.
The state’s top education official says he will direct Texas to rate schools and school districts based on letter grades A through F starting next year.
How the state will pay for public schools will take center stage this week in the political theater known as the Texas Legislature. And it will likely remain there throughout the session.