EDUCATION: Public Education

Cheerleader Case Can Proceed, State Supreme Court Rules

The banner displayed before the football game on Oct. 5, 2012 in Kountze, TX. The issue of whether the high school's cheerleaders can display signs with religious messages at football games has been the subject of a protracted legal fight.
The banner displayed before the football game on Oct. 5, 2012 in Kountze, TX. The issue of whether the high school's cheerleaders can display signs with religious messages at football games has been the subject of a protracted legal fight.

An East Texas cheerleading squad suing for their right to wave religious banners at football games will be allowed to continue with their lawsuit, the Texas Supreme Court announced in a unanimous opinion.

Video: Widening the High School-to-College Pipeline

At our 1/22 symposium on urban public education, John Fitzpatrick of Educate Texas talked about widening the high school-to-college pipeline with David Anthony, CEO of Raise Your Hand Texas;Susan Simpson Hull, superintendent of the Grand Prairie Independent School District; Daniel King, superintendent of the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District; and William Serrata, president of the El Paso Community College District.

Video: The Focus on Social and Emotional Learning

At our 1/22 symposium on urban public education, Chris Coxon of Educate Texas led a discussion about social and emotional learning with Paul Cruz, superintendent of the Austin Independent School District; Eric Gordon, CEO of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District; Terry Grier, superintendent of the Houston Independent School District; and Airick West, member of the board of directors for Kansas City Public Schools.

As Texas Schools Go Digital, Parents Say They Need to Be Educated Too

As some school districts rely less on hardback textbooks, some parents find their children depend more on printed out material culled together into patchwork textbooks.
As some school districts rely less on hardback textbooks, some parents find their children depend more on printed out material culled together into patchwork textbooks.

Texas schools are replacing hardcover textbooks with other resources: digital textbooks, printed worksheets and online tutorials. Some parents are finding it difficult to understand what their students are learning.

Texas Education Chief Morath to Focus on Teachers

Texas' new education commissioner, Mike Morath, attended a keynote luncheon titled "Education Freedom and the American Future" on Jan. 7, 2016 at the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation's annual policy forum.
Texas' new education commissioner, Mike Morath, attended a keynote luncheon titled "Education Freedom and the American Future" on Jan. 7, 2016 at the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation's annual policy forum.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Texas Tribune, new Education Commissioner Mike Morath said he wants to better support teachers, develop a fair school accountability system and help struggling schools.

Patrick: School Choice A Top Priority in 2017

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick discusses school choice and education public policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Orientation event on Jan. 7, 2016.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick discusses school choice and education public policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Orientation event on Jan. 7, 2016.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Thursday vowed to pass a bigger and better tax credit scholarship program — and possibly other school choice legislation — out of the Senate in 2017 and this time get it to the Governor's desk.

UIL Gears Up to Hold New Statewide Robotics Competition

The University Interscholastic League announced a new pilot robotics program for high school students to encourage exploration in the science, technology, engineering and math fields, or STEM on Dec. 10, 2015
The University Interscholastic League announced a new pilot robotics program for high school students to encourage exploration in the science, technology, engineering and math fields, or STEM on Dec. 10, 2015

High school students creating robotic arms and small electronic vehicles will compete for a new championship title as the University Interscholastic League is launching a pilot robotics program for Texas schools.

 

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