EDUCATION

Facing Cuts, Community Colleges Plead for More State Funding

The state's 50 community college systems are one of the few areas targeted for cuts in state funding over the next two years. As a final budget is hashed out in the Legislature, school leaders are hoping to reverse their fiscal fortune.

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School Finance Proposal on Life Support

Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock R-Killeen during a public education committee hearing on February 19th, 2013
Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock R-Killeen during a public education committee hearing on February 19th, 2013

A school finance plan that would result in an extra $800 million for public education faces dim prospects in the dwindling weeks of the legislative session, a top House lawmaker said Tuesday.

 

A&M's New President Says No "Bloodletting"

Michael K. Young, former president of the University of Washington, arrived Friday to take over as president of Texas A&M University.
Michael K. Young, former president of the University of Washington, arrived Friday to take over as president of Texas A&M University.

On his first day, Texas A&M President Michael K. Young lauded the school's students and faculty, and said he is thrilled to be in College Station. And, of course, Young had to answer questions about football.

Outgoing President Powers Touts UT-Austin's Gains, Has No Regrets

UT-Austin President Bill Powers is shown at a hearing of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations on Dec. 18, 2013.
UT-Austin President Bill Powers is shown at a hearing of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations on Dec. 18, 2013.

Outgoing UT-Austin President Bill Powers said this week that he felt he always acted in the best interest of the school and is proud of the reforms he helped implement. He also defended his actions related to university admissions.   

Abbott's Pre-K Bill Headed to Full Senate

TPPF economist Dr. Arthur Laffer and Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, at the 2015 Policy Orientation session on School Choice on Jan. 7, 2015.
TPPF economist Dr. Arthur Laffer and Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, at the 2015 Policy Orientation session on School Choice on Jan. 7, 2015.

The bill that helped spark last week's blowup between the state's top officials is suddenly moving in the Senate, despite fierce opposition from Tea Party conservatives.

 

New in Trib+Edu: STAAR Scores in Texas Hold Steady

In this week's edition of the Trib+Edu newsletter: No change in passing rates since introduction of STAAR test, Obama stresses education as a response to Baltimore unrest and an interview with Colleen Reutebuch of the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at the University of Texas at Austin.

The Houston Endowment Inc., the Lumina Foundation, and the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation have supported higher education coverage at The Texas Tribune. The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Sid W. Richardson Foundation, RGK Foundation, Burdine Johnson Foundation, and Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation have supported public education coverage at The Texas Tribune.

U.S. Teacher of the Year Got "Master Class in Culture" From Refugees

Shanna Peeples is the 2015 National Teacher of the Year, beating out more than 3 million others in classrooms across the country. She is an English teacher at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo.
Shanna Peeples is the 2015 National Teacher of the Year, beating out more than 3 million others in classrooms across the country. She is an English teacher at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo.

Texan Shanna Peeples, the 2015 National Teacher of the Year, is an English teacher at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, which has seen an influx of refugees from countries like Myanmar in recent years.