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The Jury's in: Texas Wants MAS, Mexican American Studies is Act II of the Civil Rights Act

Tony_Diaz | Posted 04.04.2014 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

Only institutionalized racism can explain how 50 years after The Civil Rights act was signed, Texas Hispanic youth do not have equal access to culturally relevant courses.

Expert Slams 'Education On The Cheap' For Latino Students

VOXXI | John Benson | Posted 03.16.2014 | Latino Voices

VOXXI is dedicated to recognizing those working in the field of education for making a difference and setting the example for our future generation. ...

Joy Resmovits

Wendy Davis On Schools: 'We Texans Have A Different Way Of Doing Things'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas -- Fresh from winning the Democratic nomination in the Texas governor's race, state Sen. Wendy Davis outlined her education platform at ...

Kress Now Lobbying for Pre-K... Testing

Jason Stanford | Posted 04.15.2014 | Education
Jason Stanford

Using tablet computers to measure a 4-year-old's social and emotional development -- and then applying those scientifically untested results to a teacher's job security -- is an invitation to corrupt the entire public school experience.

Texas Just Significantly Improved Its Textbook Review Process

AP | WILL WEISSERT | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Board of Education imposed tighter rules Friday on the citizen review panels that scrutinize proposed textbooks, pote...

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.

Roque Planas

Latino Activists Want Texas Schools To Address 'Institutionalized Racism'

HuffingtonPost.com | Roque Planas | Posted 11.20.2013 | Latino Voices

Latino activists in Texas are demanding a public school curriculum that reflects the student body, calling on the State Board of Education to offer hi...

You Don't Understand? No Problem... Let Me Summarize

Dr. Robert M. Myers | Posted 11.18.2013 | College
Dr. Robert M. Myers

This week one of the textbooks being used by Guyer High School in Denton, Texas, has come under fire. This supplemental textbook, titled United State...

No Test-maker Left Behind

Jason Stanford | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Democrats in Washington don't trust the states to hold themselves accountable, and a recent audit of how Texas has mishandled a half billion-dollar contract with testing giant NCS Pearson shows why.

'Life Is Not a Bubble Test'

Jason Stanford | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Education should not be a partisan issue, and opposition to high-stakes testing has certainly become bi-partisan. But a partisan solution might be the only way to get there.

If It Walks Like a Duck...

Kati Haycock | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Kati Haycock

As Texas lawmakers continue to debate measures to roll back graduation requirements for the state's high school students, I am just plain amazed at their willingness to stretch the truth about this education "reform" measure.

April 9: Choice Day in the Texas Senate

James Golsan | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
James Golsan

Texas education needs change. The reasons for it -- an embarrassing dropout rate, poor academic performance, rising education costs -- are clear.

Obama's Marxist-Commie-Nazi Takeover of Texas Public Schools

Jason Stanford | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

The one thing a Texas Republican is afraid of these days is drawing a tea party-backed primary opponent. So when a conspiracy theory whips up fear among the electorate, legislators are less likely to calm voters with facts and logic.

Homeschool Advocates in Texas Co-opting Civil Rights Movement

Jason Stanford | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Kids who are homeschooled or who go to private and parochial schools want access to the state's public school sports leagues. Where is Dr. King when we need him?

Not Simply Unjust, Also Unconstitutional

David Hinojosa | Posted 04.26.2013 | College
David Hinojosa

Teachers, parents, superintendents, and state and national experts testified about the shortcomings of the Texas school system. The evidence detailed significant deficiencies for the neediest children.

How Rick Perry Solved the Dropout Problem by Making Galveston Disappear

Jason Stanford | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Increasing the percentage of kids you move through high school from 75.4 percent to 86 percent is big news, no matter what the ranking. How did he accomplish this marvelous feat?

The Myth of Texas School Funding

Jason Stanford | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Since 1968, the state has now lost six straight lawsuits brought by school districts that have argued successfully that their funding is unconstitutionally inadequate and unequal.

Reform in Texas Education: Why We So Desperately Need It

James Golsan | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education
James Golsan

Attempts to expand access to private schools are often viewed as an assault on public education. The reality is that private choice programs not only benefit participating students, but benefit the surrounding public school system as well.

Jesus Was a Texan

James Moore | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics
James Moore

We are a backwards-ass state in a fast-forward world. Texas is a land of contradictions. We are creating some of the planet's most advanced technology while teaching our children that archaeology proves the Bible to be factual.

Ed Today: Iowa Education Reform Plan, Texas Budget Fight

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.17.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Ed Reform Coming To Iowa? Iowa Gov. Terry Brandstad is planning a big, $187 million push on education this year, reports KCRG. "We have many good schools with committed educators, but they are stuck in a system designed for the 20th century, not the 21st century. I am ready to invest significant resources into these educational reforms, which truly have the power to dramatically raise achievement," Branstad said. "I do not believe we should spend even one minute discussing additional resources to prop up our current educational structure until we have first agreed on the reforms our children need."

School Funds On Trial Again In 10 States

stateline | Ben Wieder | Posted 02.25.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Center on the States that provides daily r...

Texas Education Chief Considers Rating Schools On Minority Progress

Posted 11.18.2012 | Education

Texas’ new education commissioner Michael Williams is considering a new system for rating school success that would take into account how well distr...

Time for Cooperation on Testing in Texas

Jason Stanford | Posted 12.05.2012 | Education
Jason Stanford

The fact that over-testing is corrupting our classrooms is a self-evident truth to teachers, parents and administrations.

Rick Perry Names Tea Party Activist To State's Top Education Post

Posted 08.28.2012 | Education

Tea party activist Michael Williams, former chair of the Texas Railroad Commission, has been named the new commissioner of the Texas Education Agency ...

Parents Of Special-Needs Children In Texas Pursue Alternatives To Public School

Posted 08.27.2012 | Education

An increasing number of Texas parents are electing to home school their children with special needs or enroll them in private schools instead of havin...