EDUCATION: Public Education

A look at the Texas Capitol before the inaugural festivities begin.
A look at the Texas Capitol before the inaugural festivities begin.

The Brief: Jan. 30, 2015

In a week where the news was driven to a large degree by rallies on the Capitol grounds — from open carry activists to anti-Muslim protesters — it's perhaps fitting that the week closes with another one.

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Feds Tell Texas to Try Again on Teacher Evaluations

Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams answers a question at TribLive on Jan. 10, 2013.
Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams answers a question at TribLive on Jan. 10, 2013.

Rejecting a proposed Texas educator evaluation system, federal officials raised concerns about the lack of information tying standardized test results to measuring educator performance. The rejection puts the state's No Child Left Behind waiver in danger.

New in Trib+Edu: Defending the Dream Act

In this week's edition of the Trib+Edu newsletter: Defenders of the Texas Dream Act rally to its defense, a Humble ISD alternative high school garners kudos and an interview with Pedro Reyes of the Texas Education Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

The Brief: Jan. 20, 2015

Shown the day before Abbott and Patrick were inaugurated, an ocean of seats surrounded the podium.
Shown the day before Abbott and Patrick were inaugurated, an ocean of seats surrounded the podium.

Festivities are the order of the day as the state's newest governor and lieutenant governor are sworn in.

The Brief: Dec. 12, 2014

Pipes used for fracking are shown in front of a Fasken OIl and Ranch drilling rig outside of Midland on Oct. 8, 2013.
Pipes used for fracking are shown in front of a Fasken OIl and Ranch drilling rig outside of Midland on Oct. 8, 2013.

The price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil closed Thursday below $60, "a level of great psychological significance," according to the Washington Post, and a price not seen in five years.

The Brief: Dec. 11, 2014

A Pre-Kinder student works to learn syllables and word identification in his class, part of the Summer Bilingual Academy at Wilson Elementary School, in San Antonio, TX on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.
A Pre-Kinder student works to learn syllables and word identification in his class, part of the Summer Bilingual Academy at Wilson Elementary School, in San Antonio, TX on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.

A couple of popular government programs for children — one helping with early education and the other providing health care — are facing funding questions.

Texas Loses Bid for Federal Pre-K Funding

Pre-kindergarten students in Josefina Pineda's classroom do the hokey-pokey at the Dallas Independent School District's Cesar Chavez Learning Center.
Pre-kindergarten students in Josefina Pineda's classroom do the hokey-pokey at the Dallas Independent School District's Cesar Chavez Learning Center.

Texas will not receive a share of $250 million in federal funding marked to help states expand preschool programs, the U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday.

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.

The Brief: Jan. 14, 2015

Justin Delosh, r, of Lone Star Gun Rights stands with petitions to be delivered to legislators on the first day of the Texas Legislature on Jan. 13, 2015.
Justin Delosh, r, of Lone Star Gun Rights stands with petitions to be delivered to legislators on the first day of the Texas Legislature on Jan. 13, 2015.

A video of a confrontation between open-carry activists and a lawmaker drew attention to the group's tactics on Tuesday.

Education Chairman Calls for School Finance Discussion

Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen listens to HB5 debate in House on March 26th, 2013. There are currently 165 amendments to the bill and debate is expected to go well into the night
Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen listens to HB5 debate in House on March 26th, 2013. There are currently 165 amendments to the bill and debate is expected to go well into the night

State Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, the chairman of the House Public Education Committee, says Texas lawmakers shouldn't wait for the outcome of a sprawling school finance lawsuit to discuss changes to the state's public education funding system.