The Tribune identified 28 schools in Texas named after Confederate leaders Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson and Albert Sidney Johnston. Of those, four have a majority of white students.Full Story
In this week's edition of the Trib+Edu newsletter: Questions are being raised about part-time graders hired to evaluate standardized tests, the enduring success of Sesame Street and an interview with Andrea Brauer of Texans Care for Children.Full Story
The conservative wing of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's party wasn't thrilled with his first legislative session, objecting most notably to his "godless" pre-kindergarten plan. But Abbott seems to be mending fences by vetoing two measures the Tea Party disliked.Full Story
Under a law passed this year by the Legislature, some Texas school districts will be required to have cameras in special education classrooms. The cameras are meant to ensure safety, but some say it's an unfunded mandate for districts.Full Story
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller on Thursday restored the option for public schools to serve certain fried foods and soda by lifting a decade-old statewide ban on deep fryers and soda machines.
In this week's edition of the Trib+Edu newsletter: States are spending less on schools and with less equity among districts, a legislative leader on K-12 education calls it a day and an interview with North Cooc of the University of Texas at Austin.Full Story
A key early education bill backed by Gov. Greg Abbott setting up grants to encourage higher quality pre-kindergarten programs has now cleared both chambers of the Legislature.
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.
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.Full Story
The Texas House Wednesday moved a step closer to changing end-of-course writing assessments for high school students that critics say are overly burdensome and prevent too many students from graduating.Full Story
A plan to give public schools A through F grades cleared a Texas House panel Tuesday night — but not without other changes in accountability standards reducing the role student assessments play in measuring public school performance.
This week, the House and the Senate named the members of a conference committee that will resolve the differences between the two chambers' budget plans. Here’s a look at how the two proposals compare, with details on some areas where the plans diverge.Full Story
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When the Texas Legislature tackles a long overdue overhaul of the state’s school finance system, it will have to do without the lawmaker who has shepherded its two chambers through complex education issues for the last two sessions.
A controversial plan to start assigning public schools A-through-F grades cleared both chambers of the Texas Legislature on Sunday.
In this week's edition of the Trib+Edu newsletter: Disparities persist decades after Brown v. Board of Education, it's crunch time at the Legislature and an interview with Paul Carrola of the University of Texas at El Paso.Full Story
For the first time in three decades, a new company will develop and administer the state-required exams Texas students begin taking in the third grade.
A months-long effort to reform the problem-plagued school finance system came to an end Thursday as House Public Education Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock withdrew a bill proposing fixes less than an hour into a scheduled debate.Full Story
In this week's edition of the Trib+Edu newsletter: Gap emerges among states on pre-K services offered, lawmakers eye ending Top 10 Percent scholarships and an interview with Shanna Peeples, the 2015 National Teacher of the Year.Full Story