Tribpedia: Robert Scott

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Robert Scott is the former Texas Commissioner of Education. As commissioner, Scott was the head of the Texas Education Agency, which oversees the schools for 4.5 million students in K-12 public education in Texas. Scott was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry in October 2007.

Before his appointment, Scott served as acting commissioner twice and served four years as chief ...

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Texas Starts to Have Company in Position on Common Core

Former TEA Commissioner Robert Scott speaks at Save our School's rally at Texas Capitol on February 23rd, 2013
Former TEA Commissioner Robert Scott speaks at Save our School's rally at Texas Capitol on February 23rd, 2013

State legislatures are scrambling to renounce Common Core standards as a grassroots movement builds against them. But their most vocal and earliest opponent was Texas. Back in 2009, state leaders said the national curriculum standards could lead to a federal takeover of education policy. 

A kindergarten-age schoolboy walks up Congress Ave for a Save our School's rally on February 23rd, 2013
A kindergarten-age schoolboy walks up Congress Ave for a Save our School's rally on February 23rd, 2013

At Capitol Education Rally, Tough Words for Legislature

Public education advocates accused lawmakers of strangling public schools with out-of-control high-stakes testing and funding cuts at a Capitol rally Saturday. Speakers included Former Texas Education Agency Commissioner Robert Scott, who criticized the influence of the testing industry on state education policy.

Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott answers questions at TASA midwinter conference in Austin, Texas February 1st, 2011
Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott answers questions at TASA midwinter conference in Austin, Texas February 1st, 2011

Who Will Fill The Texas Education Agency's Top Spot?

Education Commissioner Robert Scott's successor will have his or her hands full. The job requires a delicate balancing act in regard to state lawmakers and school administrators across the state. Plus, the budget picture isn't looking any brighter. So who could get Gov. Rick Perry's nod for the post?

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 130

On this week's podcast, Ross, Emily, Morgan and Ben weigh the recent resignation of Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott and the back and forth court rulings on Planned Parenthood and the Women's Health Program. Our reporting quartet also looks ahead to this weekend's Tea Party rally in Austin, an event headlined by Ron and Rand Paul. 

Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott speaks at the TASA midwinter conference in Austin, Texas February 1st, 2011
Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott speaks at the TASA midwinter conference in Austin, Texas February 1st, 2011

Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott Stepping Down

Texas Education Agency Commissioner Robert Scott is leaving the post Gov. Rick Perry appointed him to in 2007. Under Scott's tenure, Texas was often at the center of national conversations on education, skirmishing with the Obama administration over Race to the Top and making deep reductions to public education funding. More recently, Scott drew fire over his remarks suggesting Texas needed to reform how it uses standardized testing.

Barbara Cargill, State Board of Education meeting on July 21, 2011.
Barbara Cargill, State Board of Education meeting on July 21, 2011.

New Math Standards Get Blowback from Business Community

As the State Board of Education prepares to approve new K-12 math standards, it is receiving significant pushback from leaders in Texas' business community, who contend that the standards are not up to snuff. One expert described them as "a wordy, sometimes incoherent and often garbled document."

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 118

Redistricting remains a hot topic in Texas, and it probably will be until we have new maps and a primary date. But on this week's TribCast, Ben, Ross, Emily and Morgan also spend time on a couple of firestorms in the state: public school accountability testing and the controversy involving Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Planned Parenthood.

In Texas, a Backlash Against Student Testing

With the more-rigorous STAAR testing system set to debut this year, a backlash appears to building against standardized testing in the state. As school leaders, parents and educators worry about meeting the increased standards with reduced resources, some legislators are mulling how to postpone some of the tests’ consequences for students.

Robert Scott, the commissioner of the Texas Education Agency, at a State Board of Education meeting on Sept. 24, 2010.
Robert Scott, the commissioner of the Texas Education Agency, at a State Board of Education meeting on Sept. 24, 2010.

Texas Schools Chief's Remarks on Testing Draw Backlash

Some high profile members of the education community aren't pleased with TEA chief Robert Scott's speech yesterday criticizing the role of testing in schools. "I think he owes all of the legislators an explanation of his comments," said state Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano.

Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott speaks at the TASA midwinter conference in Austin, Texas February 1st, 2011
Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott speaks at the TASA midwinter conference in Austin, Texas February 1st, 2011

Texas Schools Chief: Testing Has Gone Too Far

Texas Education Agency Commissioner Robert Scott received a standing ovation today after he told a gathering of public school educators that the state testing system has become a "perversion of its original intent."

Public & Higher Education at The Texas Tribune Festival

We'll be liveblogging throughout the weekend from The Texas Tribune Festival's public and higher education track — which includes panels on the role research should play at state universities, how to pay for public education, why teacher accountability matters and what's next for the controversial State Board of Education.

Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott speaks at the TASA midwinter conference in Austin, Texas February 1st, 2011
Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott speaks at the TASA midwinter conference in Austin, Texas February 1st, 2011

Texas Still Undecided on No Child Left Behind Waiver

Despite more details from the Obama administration today about how it would exempt states from complying with the law's signature requirements, the Texas Education Agency has yet to decide whether it will apply for a waiver on federal accountability requirements under the 2001 act.

Sophomore student Miguel Nava works on a science experiment at the San Juan Idea Public Schools Tuesday morning in San Juan, Texas November 23, 2010.
Sophomore student Miguel Nava works on a science experiment at the San Juan Idea Public Schools Tuesday morning in San Juan, Texas November 23, 2010.

Judgment Day

Texas Weekly

There's a day in July that school districts eye with a mixture of anticipation and dread. This year, it's on the 29th, when the Texas Education Agency will publicly release the accountability ratings for the state's more than 1,000 districts.

Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott answers questions at TASA midwinter conference in Austin, Texas February 1st, 2011
Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott answers questions at TASA midwinter conference in Austin, Texas February 1st, 2011

Texas Education Agency Faces Competing Demands

Even as it is coping with deep reductions to its own budget, the Texas Education Agency faces criticism from school districts and lawmakers, although not necessarily for the same reasons — vivid evidence of the pressure on the TEA.

Texas Schools Contemplate Race to the Top Changes

The Obama administration’s 2012 education budget includes $900 million for the Race to the Top program. And this time around, there’s a twist: Individual districts — as opposed to states — can apply for the funds. For Texas districts, that could mean access to new federal money. It could also have them wading into a long-standing struggle between the state and the federal government over the implementation of national curriculum standards.

Perry, Doggett and Their $830 Million Feud in Texas

Six months after Congress established the $10 billion Education Jobs Fund to help states retain and hire teachers, Texas is one of only two states that has not received its money. Gov. Rick Perry blames a “certain Texas congressman.” U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, the congressman in question, blames Perry. Don't expect their feud to end any time soon.