EDUCATION: Public Education

Rice University Band Mocks Baylor Sexual Assault Scandal

Rice University' Marching Owl Band forms into "IX," a reference to Title IX rules governing sexual discrimination at colleges, while performing a halftime show mocking Baylor University for its recent sexual assault scandal during a football game on Sept. 16, 2016.
Rice University' Marching Owl Band forms into "IX," a reference to Title IX rules governing sexual discrimination at colleges, while performing a halftime show mocking Baylor University for its recent sexual assault scandal during a football game on Sept. 16, 2016.

Rice University's marching band used its halftime performance in a Friday night football game against Baylor University to mock Baylor's recent sexual assault scandal.

Legislature to Blame for Mexican-American Studies Textbook, Ed Board Members Say

Hispanic activists, advocates and elected officials protested a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook on Tuesday ahead of the Texas Board of Education's first public hearing on the text. Scholars who have reviewed it say it is riddled with factual errors and offensive ethnic stereotypes.
Hispanic activists, advocates and elected officials protested a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook on Tuesday ahead of the Texas Board of Education's first public hearing on the text. Scholars who have reviewed it say it is riddled with factual errors and offensive ethnic stereotypes.

Hispanic advocates, activists and elected officials from across the state on Tuesday called on the Texas Board of Education to reject a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook they blasted as racist.

"Humans of KIPP" Captures Little Texans' Wisdom

Nine-year-old Nancy Herrera said she wants to be president of the United States when she grows up. "I would make the United States a place where everyone feels equal. And I would do a good job at that. Also, some people need to know — no, everyone needs to know — that girls with dads from Mexico can be president.”
Nine-year-old Nancy Herrera said she wants to be president of the United States when she grows up. "I would make the United States a place where everyone feels equal. And I would do a good job at that. Also, some people need to know — no, everyone needs to know — that girls with dads from Mexico can be president.”

Inspired by "Humans of New York," an Austin charter school gives students a safe space to share their experiences and adults a chance to read kids' surprising perspectives.

Committee Denounces Proposed Mexican-American Studies Textbook

Dr. Christopher Carmona, chair of the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies-Tejas Foco's Committee on Pre K-12 Edu. in Texas Schools speaks during a press conference on July 18, 2016
Dr. Christopher Carmona, chair of the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies-Tejas Foco's Committee on Pre K-12 Edu. in Texas Schools speaks during a press conference on July 18, 2016

Saying that a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook is "dripping with racism and intolerance," a group of educators and students is calling for the State Board of Education to reject the controversial book. 

 

Fort Worth Judge Blocks Obama Transgender Guidelines

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton spoke at a May 25, 2016, news conference announcing a lawsuit filed against the federal government over rules for transgender bathrooms in public schools.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton spoke at a May 25, 2016, news conference announcing a lawsuit filed against the federal government over rules for transgender bathrooms in public schools.

A federal judge in Fort Worth has blocked Obama administration guidelines directing the nation’s public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and other facilities that align with their gender identity.

How a South Texas School District Spurred a Massive Turnaround

Premont High School cheerleader Stacy Morales, 17, and student basketball player Ernesto Gonzalez leave the gym after a game in 2012 — the year before the long-struggling school district opted to suspend its sports program to ward off closure.
Premont High School cheerleader Stacy Morales, 17, and student basketball player Ernesto Gonzalez leave the gym after a game in 2012 — the year before the long-struggling school district opted to suspend its sports program to ward off closure.

After five years of landing on the state’s list of low-performing schools, a tiny South Texas district that drew national headlines for cutting its sports program to ward off closure is now meeting state academic standards.

 

Failing Texas Schools Facing Tougher State Intervention

State Education Commissioner Mike Morath testifies Tuesday Aug 16, 2016 before the Senate Education Committee at the Texas Capitol.
State Education Commissioner Mike Morath testifies Tuesday Aug 16, 2016 before the Senate Education Committee at the Texas Capitol.

Education Commissioner Mike Morath on Tuesday outlined plans to crack down harder on chronically low-performing schools, saying he wants to cut in half the number of them that end up on the state’s failing list over the next five years.

10 Texas School Names Honoring Confederates Have Changed. At Least 24 Haven't.

Russell Lee Elementary was named Robert E. Lee Elementary when it opened in 1939. This year, the Austin ISD Board of Trustees voted to rename the school, making it one of 10 Texas schools that will bear new names when classes begin later this month. The banner shown above replaced art deco-style letters that spelled out "Robert E. Lee."
Russell Lee Elementary was named Robert E. Lee Elementary when it opened in 1939. This year, the Austin ISD Board of Trustees voted to rename the school, making it one of 10 Texas schools that will bear new names when classes begin later this month. The banner shown above replaced art deco-style letters that spelled out "Robert E. Lee."

Tense debates have raged at Texas schools over the proper place of Confederate names in the public landscape. But many other districts have not considered any changes.

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