Tribpedia: Public Education

More tax dollars are spent on public education than on any other governmental program in the state. Public elementary and secondary education in Texas is financed by a combination of state, local, and federal revenue, a system that has produced inequities among the state's 1,030 traditional school districts and 207 charter operators.

As of 2010, more than 4 ...

The Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County in Fort Worth.
The Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County in Fort Worth.

See Vaccine Exemptions in Texas by School District

More than 38,000 students — about 0.75 percent of the state's overall school-age population — had nonmedical exemptions to school immunization laws statewide in the 2013-14 school year, according to Department of State Health Services data. Search our table to see the totals for your district or private school.

 

New in Trib+Edu: A New Approach on Full-Day Pre-K

In this week's edition of the Trib+Edu newsletter: Lawmakers float incentive payments for districts offering full-day pre-K, a new magazine teaches kids financial literacy and an interview with Sarah Powell, a University of Texas assistant professor in the Department of Special Education.

Students in Pre-K teacher Josefina Pineda's class sing to practice their language skills at the Dallas Independent School District Cesar Chavez Learning Center in Dallas, Texas.
Students in Pre-K teacher Josefina Pineda's class sing to practice their language skills at the Dallas Independent School District Cesar Chavez Learning Center in Dallas, Texas.

Lawmakers Propose Pre-K Incentive Payment System

Two lawmakers in the Texas House have presented a plan for a major overhaul of early education in the state. The measure would create an incentive payment system for school districts offering full-day pre-kindergarten programs. 

State Senate Finance Chairwoman Jane Nelson R-Flower Mound, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick discussed the Senate's base budget plan at a Jan. 27, 2015, news conference.
State Senate Finance Chairwoman Jane Nelson R-Flower Mound, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick discussed the Senate's base budget plan at a Jan. 27, 2015, news conference.

Nelson Emphasizes Property Tax Relief in Senate Budget

Nearly two weeks after the House's base budget was released, Senate Finance Chairwoman Jane Nelson presented the Senate's plan, which she said sets aside $3 billion for "meaningful" property tax relief for Texas homeowners.

Then-state Rep. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, is shown on the second-to-last day of the first-called special session during the 82nd Legislature on June 27, 2011. Taylor was elected to the Texas Senate in 2012.
Then-state Rep. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, is shown on the second-to-last day of the first-called special session during the 82nd Legislature on June 27, 2011. Taylor was elected to the Texas Senate in 2012.

Patrick Sets Committees; Taylor Gets Education

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's office on Friday announced new committee members. Among the new chairs: State Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, who will lead the Senate Education Committee.

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.

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

Education Chairman Calls for School Finance Discussion

State Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, the chairman of the House Public Education Committee, said 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.

Video: How Technology is Transforming Education

During a Nov. 13 event at the San Antonio Central Library, James Henson of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin led a discussion on how technology is transforming public and higher education with Kerry Ballast, director of educational technology at the Texas Education Agency; Steven Mintz, executive director of the University of Texas System's Institute for Transformational Learning; Veronica Stidvent, chancellor of Western Governors University Texas; and Brian Woods, superintendent of the Northside Independent School District.