The TEA has released new guidelines that set tough thresholds for school districts hoping to take advantage of special legal exemptions passed by the Legislature and intended to help schools cope with significant budget cuts.Full Story
Morgan Smith reports on politics and education for the Tribune, which she joined in November 2009. She writes about the effects of the state budget, school finance reform, accountability and testing in Texas public schools. Her political coverage has included congressional and legislative races, as well as Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign, which she followed to Iowa and New Hampshire. In 2013, she received a National Education Writers Association award for "Death of a District," a series on school closures. After earning a bachelor's degree in English from Wellesley College, she moved to Austin in 2008 to enter law school at the University of Texas. A San Antonio native, her work has also appeared in Slate, where she spent a year as an editorial intern in Washington D.C.
With three longtime (and moderate) members stepping down and all 15 members up for re-election because of changes brought about by redistricting, political control over the divisive State Board of Education hangs in the balance. And even though the filing period has yet to begin, there are already signs that these races could get ugly.Full Story
The Texas branch of the American Federation of Teachers has released the results of a web survey that reports extensive teacher layoffs, increasing class sizes, and deteriorating work conditions following state budget cuts.Full Story
The official filing period for State Board of Education races hasn't even begun, but the mudslinging certainly has. That's no surprise: Political control over the divisive board hangs in the balance.Full Story
After Gov. Rick Perry's disastrous "brain freeze" earlier this week, many were watching tonight for a fresh stumble in a debate in South Carolina that would spell the end of the campaign. Instead, he gave perhaps his best performance to date.Full Story
Just a few days after his disastrous “brain freeze” during a nationally televised debate in Michigan, Gov. Rick Perry is back under the bright lights tonight. This time, he’ll be in challenging issue territory: foreign policy. We’ll be liveblogging tonight’s CBS News/National Journal Debate here.Full Story
Energy development capitalizing on the high winds in West Texas has injected sluggish rural communities with new economic lifeblood. The “windfall” has bestowed hundreds of millions of dollars on mostly tiny schools.Full Story
Before he uttered the now famous "oops" in Thursday's presidential debate, one of the federal agencies Gov. Rick Perry said he wanted to eliminate was the Department of Education. But what exactly would that mean?Full Story
As the field of candidates shapes up for the March 2012 primaries, a new — at least since last election cycle — breed of GOP hopeful is emerging: the education Republican.Full Story
At least some Republican 2012 primary candidates for the Texas House hope to trade the anti-government cries of the last election cycle for a message with a decidedly different focus: the state of Texas public schools.Full Story
Michael Morton's legal team responded today to claims from the exonerated man's original prosecutors that they cannot be forced to testify as part of an inquiry into how Morton was wrongfully convicted of murdering his wife.Full Story
Your afternoon reading: Mitt Romney swings at Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann staffers quit in New Hampshire, and Ron Paul makes a big ad buy.Full Story
Today Rick Perry will visit the power hub of the city he hopes to call home for at least four years.
The State Board of Education may try to modify the state's rigid new standardized exams — the STAAR tests — in a way that allays school districts’ concerns that they're losing local control over grading.Full Story
Looking to turn the corner after a series of flat debate performances, Gov. Rick Perry today delivered the first major economic policy speech of his presidential campaign, calling for "a 'made in America' energy revolution."Full Story