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James Golsan
James Golsan is policy analyst for the Center for Education
Policy with the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a non-profit,
free-market research institute based in Austin. He may be reached at

Entries by James Golsan

In Louisiana, a Win for School Choice (and Students)

(1) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 12:50 PM

Late last summer, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) sued the state of Louisiana over the implementation of its education scholarship program. The concern was that the Louisiana Opportunity Scholarship, designed specifically to help students in struggling schools, might be in violation of federal desegregation laws. A federal...

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Every New Beginning...

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 10:49 AM

The 83rd Texas Legislature is done with education. That's not to say our lawmakers are done; they're currently in the midst of a Special Session, called by the Governor primarily to address re-districting issues. Technically, Governor Perry could add education matters, or Martian exploration, or anything else he pleases to...

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Into Darkness: The Texas Legislature Winds Down

(6) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 5:23 PM

Twenty four days to go. That's all the time left before Texas lawmakers blow town for another year and a half. Outside of a dust-up over the state's water policy, the 83rd Texas Legislature has been harmonious relative to our usual standards. That harmony is born of a...

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April 9: Choice Day in the Texas Senate

(3) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 7:33 PM

At last, we come down to it. The great (education) battle of our time (the 83rd Texas Legislature). On Tuesday, April 9, the Texas Senate Education Committee will take up multiple private school choice bills, including but potentially not limited to statewide education scholarships and tax credits for businesses wishing...

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Legislating From a Gravity Well

(1) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 8:01 PM

Austin has a lot of names. It's the Live Music Capitol of the World, it's the Bat City, the CapCity, its constantly trying to stay weird. My favorite, though, is one of the lesser known ones: Austin is the Velvet Coffin.

It's one that speaks to how easy it...

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When Will Learning's Tomorrow Come?

(5) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 2:00 PM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

What enables you to read this blog post? Your desktop PC? A smart phone? A tablet computer? However you've stumbled across this, odds are it was...

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The Texas School Finance Trial: Dedication to the Status Quo

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 2:51 PM

One of the few things that virtually everyone in the Texas education community agrees on is that our school finance system is terrible. We've been suing ourselves repeatedly (seven times in total) for the last five decades in an effort to make it less terrible, most recently in a series...

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Reform in Texas Education: Why We So Desperately Need It

(3) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 6:14 PM

My line of work -- which, put simply, is to fight for the betterment of Texas education -- necessitates that I criticize the status quo often. Before I do exactly that again, in honor of National School Choice Week, I want to make something clear: there's a lot for Texas'...

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