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Texas Teachers Aren't Waiting for Permission

Tony_Diaz | Posted 10.08.2014 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

Everything changes in a Texas minute. The same week in July that the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) sabotaged Ethnic Studies textbooks-saying they would be too expensive, Governor Rick Perry pledged $144 million to send the National Guard to the Texas border.

Texas Considers Adding Controversial New Course

AP | WILL WEISSERT | Posted 04.08.2014 | Latino Voices

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Board of Education is considering adding a Mexican-American studies course as a statewide high school elective, a mov...

'Sort of a Jack Abramoff Kind of Thing'

Jason Stanford | Posted 03.31.2014 | Education
Jason Stanford

When the Canutillo Independent School District found out its superintendent was cooking the books just like in nearby El Paso, the board members knew they had a problem on their hands.

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.

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?

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...

Texas Education Agency Seeks $1 Million For Exam Security

Posted 11.13.2012 | Education

The Texas Education Agency is asking the state Legislature for $1 million for investigations into irregularities in student tests. Education Commis...

Ex-Schools Chief Faces 3.5 Years For Texas Testing Scandal

AP | JUAN CARLOS LLORCA | Posted 12.05.2012 | Education

EL PASO, Texas -- A federal judge sentenced the former superintendent of El Paso Independent School District to more than three years in prison Friday...

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 ...

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 ...

Citing Politics, Some States Forego Waivers And Stay With No Child Left Behind

AP | By KEVIN BEGOS | Posted 02.10.2012 | Education

PITTSBURGH -- Some of the nation's largest states are questioning whether the Obama administration's offer to let them escape certain mandates of the ...

Texas Schools Sue State Over Billions In Funding

AP | By APRIL CASTRO and PAUL J. WEBER | Posted 12.11.2011 | Education

AUSTIN, Texas -- A coalition of more than 150 Texas school districts said Tuesday it has filed a lawsuit against the state over a school funding syste...

New Bill Would Relax Standards For Texas Recovery Charters

Posted 07.09.2011 | Education

When Mansoor Kapasi first began taking his students to chess tournaments, the other parents wondered if they were part of a gang. He said his stude...

The Not-So-Simple Debate on Home Computers and Achievement

Elisabeth Stock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Elisabeth Stock

A spate of recent news stories with attention-grabbing headlines like "Home Computers Hurt Students' Test Scores" may have readers reaching the conclusion that a home computer is about as useful an educational aid as a PlayStation.

How Three Letters Can Get You Fired in Texas

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

So what did Chris Comer, Director of Science for the Texas Education Agency, do to get fired? The TEA claims she violated their "neutrality" policy by taking a position in favor of teaching evolution over creationism.