Texas Education Agency
“Playing hooky” from school would no longer be a criminal offense under a new bill that cleared both chambers of the Texas Legislature Saturday. Instead, accumulating unexcused absences would mean only civil punishments. The measure now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott.
The status of the school’s charter was discussed by the Texas Education Agency today in Austin.
State Auditor John Keel is criticizing an economic development program run by Texas school districts, saying they’re being passive about checking whether companies actually are creating high-paying jobs as promised.
Last year the Fort Worth Independent School District had 28 schools on the “needs improvement” list. This year there are only 24.
The Texas Education Agency says 90 percent of districts and 85 percent of schools statewide meet the state’s minimum education standards, and many earned distinctions.
Texas’ education commissioner says a record 88 percent of the state’s high school students graduated on time last year.
Fort Worth Independent School District has received nearly $40 million more in state funding than it was entitled to and has self reported the error to the Texas Education Agency.
Prime Prep Academy board members have postponed tonight’s meeting to discuss the future of the school, founded by former Dallas Cowboy Deion Sanders.
Sanders joined 105.3 The Fan to defend Prime Prep Academy, saying the school is suffering for the illegal actions of a former co-founder.
The Texas Education Agency is taking steps to shutdown the charter school started by former Dallas Cowboy Deion Sanders. TEA officials have “started the revocation process” against Uplift Fort Worth — the sponsoring entity of Prime Prep Academy.
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.
Texas education officials say they will update training for some teachers and work with educators to determine why standardized test scores are not improving.