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Shame on Texas PTA for Supporting Lower Expectations

David Hinojosa | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
David Hinojosa

It is clear that requiring Algebra II for all Texas graduates is in the best interest of the youth of this state: for their future and that of Texas. TLEC calls on local PTAs to make their voices heard and demand that its statewide organization reverse its position supporting lower expectations.

Expect More!

Jonah Edelman | Posted 05.18.2013 | Impact
Jonah Edelman

Imagine a crowd of 1,000 14-year-olds. Now pick 10 of them. That's how many will get a decent education and a shot at a brighter future. There's a lot that needs to change to improve those unacceptable outcomes. But the first thing? Expectations.

Expert: $8 Billion Needed For Texas Students To Meet New Academic Standards, Says School Finance Expert

Posted 10.31.2012 | Education

Texas will need to spend an additional $8 billion annually in order for its students to meet the state's new college and career-readiness standards, s...

Study Examines Impact Principals Have On Student Achievement

Posted 10.24.2012 | Education

It's indisputable that great teachers lead to successful students, as the presidential candidates have touted, but what about students' connection to ...

WATCH: Colbert Mocks Texas Public Education

Posted 07.21.2012 | Comedy

It's almost like the Texas GOP waited until Stephen Colbert was safely on vacation when they adopted their new platform. But "The Colbert Report" is b...

My Decision to Send My Kids to Private School Has Never Been Easier to Defend

Christina Pesoli | Posted 09.08.2012 | Education
Christina Pesoli

By enumerating so many offensive ideas in the "Educating our Children" section of its platform, Texas Republican delegates have provided me with a blueprint to defend my decision to send my kids to private school.

Quiz! Would You Be Able To Pass This 8th Grade Exam?

Posted 03.28.2012 | Teen

State assessment exams are always a drag, but imagine being told that they were going to be made even more challenging! In Texas, a new and much more ...

Districts File Third Suit Against State Over School Funding

Posted 12.14.2011 | Education

A third group of Texas schools filed suit against the state Tuesday over education funding, alleging that the system of financing public education is ...

For-Profit Teacher Certification Booming

| Nick Pandolfo and Morgan Smith | Posted 08.13.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. DENTON, Texas — One afternoon in mid-November, Jeff Arrington scattered 80 paper gingerb...

National Anthems: Do They Have A Place In Public Schools?

Posted 11.22.2011 | Home

15-year-old Brenda Brinsdon, a sophomore at a high school in Rio Grande Valley, Texas, refused to participate when her Spanish 3 teacher assigned stud...

'Exemplary' School Only Taught 2 Subjects, Faked Other Grades

Posted 01.22.2012 | Education

A Dallas elementary school that was given "exemplary" status for academic achievement only taught its third graders reading and math last year, and fa...

Texas History Education Standards Slammed In New Report

Posted 01.11.2012 | Education

A recent report says Texas K-12 standards in history are inadequate, ineffective and "fail to meet the state's college readiness standards," and the r...

School Uses Sharpie To Fill In Lines Shaved Into Student's Hair

Posted 12.13.2011 | Education

A Texas student is upset with school officials, saying administrators went too far when they used a permanent marker to fill in lines shaved into his ...

How Private Companies Are Profiting From Texas Public Schools

Texas Observer | Abby Rapoport | Posted 12.12.2011 | Education

It's not hard to imagine Pearson's vision of utopia. Pearson is a London-based mega-corporation that owns everything from the Financial Times to Pe...

Texas Oil Refineries May Get Tax Refund Out Of Public School, Community Money

Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics

By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, ASSOCIATED PRESS (AP) PASADENA, Texas -- Three commissioners appointed by Gov. Rick Perry may grant some of the nation's ...

Is Suspension The First Step To Juvie?

Posted 09.18.2011 | Education

A study released today shows results that one of its authors told Education Week should raise the question among state education leaders: "Is our stat...