For-Profit, Alternative Teaching Programs Are Booming

Denton ISD Advanced Technology Complex disaster response teacher, Jeff Arrington, works hands on with his students during a class project.
Denton ISD Advanced Technology Complex disaster response teacher, Jeff Arrington, works hands on with his students during a class project.

For-profit, alternative certification teaching programs are booming in Texas. Every year since 2007, the two largest programs have produced far more teachers than any other traditional or alternative program.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 11/21/11

Root and Tan on the restoration of the Governor's Mansion and on the Perrys' expensive replacement digs, E. Smith's TribLive interview with three freshman legislators in El Paso, M. Smith on tough financial standards for local school districts, Ramshaw and Murphy on Texas docs paid by drug companies, yours truly on new congressional and legislative redistricting maps, Hamilton on the biggest competitive endeavor in Brownsville's schools and Aguilar on how border mayors feel about military equipment in their cities: The best of our best content from November 21 to 25, 2011.

Despite Cuts, Brownsville Schools Protect Chess Legacy

Brownsville's Sharp Elementary Chess Team members (L-R), Eduardo Rodriguez, 8 and Adrian Castro, 7 practice after school on Monday Nov. 15, 2011.
Brownsville's Sharp Elementary Chess Team members (L-R), Eduardo Rodriguez, 8 and Adrian Castro, 7 practice after school on Monday Nov. 15, 2011.

Budget cuts may have taken more than $30 million out of the Brownsville Independent School District’s budget for the next two years, but administrators say they are working to preserve financing for one key pot of money: the chess budget.

The Mother Lode for Redistricting Nerds

Texas Capitol
Texas Capitol
Texas Weekly

The Texas Legislative Council has a terrific redistricting section on its website, with full statistical reporting on all of the new maps, including geography, demographics, incumbencies, and election results all the way back to 2002.

Pins and Needles

Texas Weekly

Holiday redistricting stories, not unusual things if you've watched this for a while, always start with three wise persons in the guise of federal judges. It's super-sized this year, with six wise men, three in San Antonio and three in Washington.