Tribpedia: Education

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.

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

Across Texas, schools are replacing hardcover textbooks with other resources: digital textbooks, printed worksheets and online tutorials.  As schools phase out hard textbooks that students can bring home, some parents are finding it more difficult to understand what their students are learning, or how to help them with homework. 

Read the full story at KUT News.

Ramon Cavazos teaches a middle school business class in the Olfen Independent School District in Rowena, Texas, on Jan. 20, 2016.
Ramon Cavazos teaches a middle school business class in the Olfen Independent School District in Rowena, Texas, on Jan. 20, 2016.

Tiny District to Offer First Four-Day School Week in Texas

Olfen Independent School District, one of the smallest districts in Texas, will transition to a four-day school week in August — the first of its kind in the state. School officials said a newly passed law altering how the state defines a school day allowed them to create the modified calendar. 

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

UIL Gears Up to Hold New Statewide Robotics Competition

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.

On Nov. 10, 2015, University of Texas at Austin faculty and students protested the new campus carry law that will allow concealed handgun license holders to carry handguns into campus buildings.
On Nov. 10, 2015, University of Texas at Austin faculty and students protested the new campus carry law that will allow concealed handgun license holders to carry handguns into campus buildings.

UT-Austin Panel: Ban Guns in Dorms, But Not Classrooms

A task force at the University of Texas at Austin has recommended guns be prohibited in residence halls, at sporting events and in certain laboratories. But the suggestions, issued in a report Thursday, do not call for banning handguns in classrooms. 

Pre-K teacher Josefina Pineda teaches her students the concept of "push" by having them join hands and push back and forth in her classroom at the Dallas Independent School District elementary school Cesar Chavez Learning Center in 2013.
Pre-K teacher Josefina Pineda teaches her students the concept of "push" by having them join hands and push back and forth in her classroom at the Dallas Independent School District elementary school Cesar Chavez Learning Center in 2013.

Advocates: Include Variety of Schools in Pre-K Program

Early education advocates on Tuesday urged the Texas Education Agency to ensure that a diverse group of school districts will be able to apply for funding through a new state grant program designed to bolster the quality of pre-kindergarten.

Video: The Future of Public Education Policy

On 11/13, I talked about the future of public education policy in Texas with state. Rep. Mary González, D-Clint, a member of the House Public Education Committee; Lizzette González Reynolds, chief deputy commissioner of the Texas Education Agency; Juan Cabrera, superintendent of the El Paso Independent School District; and Eduardo Rodriguez, interim executive director of the Council on Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development.

New in Trib+Edu: NSA Holds Summer Camp for Hackers

In this week's edition of the Trib+Edu newsletter: The NSA holds a free summer camp on cyber warfare, requests for flexibility on counting English language learners are getting different responses and an interview with Jacqueline R. Stillisano of Texas A&M's Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture.

A reading assistant reads on the classroom floor with a small group of fourth graders at Wanke Elementary School in San Antonio on March 9, 2012.
A reading assistant reads on the classroom floor with a small group of fourth graders at Wanke Elementary School in San Antonio on March 9, 2012.

Analysis: Texas Schools, by the Numbers

You can peek at the state’s near future in the latest numbers from the Texas Education Agency: 51.8 percent Hispanic, 29.4 percent Anglo, 12.7 percent African-American, 3.7 percent Asian.  And 29 percent of the state’s students are enrolled in just 18 of the state's school districts.