Vol 3, Issue 24

Pre-kindergarten students at the Dallas Independent School District's Cesar Chavez Learning Center. Robert W. Hart

More money, certainty needed to upgrade pre-K, study finds

Most school districts in Dallas County took advantage of a new state grant program to bolster early education programs, but limited funds produced limited results.

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Donald Trump rallies a crowd of veterans at Drake University on Jan. 28, 2016, while other Republican presidential candidates hold a final Des Moines debate prior to the Iowa caucuses. Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

Trump administration could boost voucher push

A Trump administration may put wind in the sails of Texas lawmakers pushing for "school choice," allowing parents to use taxpayer money to send their children to charter, private and religious schools. 

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State Board of Education Chair Barbara Cargill questions textbook publishers on the contents of their publications at a meeting in Austin on Monday, October 20, 2014. Martin do Nascimento

State education board focuses again on teaching of evolution

Language challenging evolution was removed from high school biology standards because it seemed too difficult for students to analyze and evaluate, the state education board was told Wednesday.

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Dr. Fikile Nxumalo is an assistant professor at the UT-Austin’s College of Education. Christina S. Murrey

The Q&A: Fikile Nxumalo

In this week's Q&A, we interview Fikile Nxumalo, an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Education.

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The Bookshelf: Nov. 24, 2016

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights It Takes A School.

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Shubert Ciencia

Trump chooses school choice advocate for education secretary

President-elect Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he had tapped Betsy DeVos, the former Michigan Republican Party chairwoman and avid school choice advocate, to head the U.S. Department of Education.

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GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump rallied supporters at Gilley's in Dallas on June 16, 2016. Allison V. Smith for The Texas Tribune

LA schools to remain safe zones for illegal immigrants

The Los Angeles Board of Education voted last week to approve a resolution reaffirming the school district’s current policy on cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

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Third-grade teacher Liliana Kendrick prepares for her second year teaching in a portable classroom at Whitestone Elementary School in Leander on Aug. 21, 2014. Charlie Pearce

New study finds racial discrepancies in teacher communications

new study on parent-teacher communications found sharp contrasts in how teachers communicate with parents from different ethnic, racial and immigrant backgrounds.

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Chelsea Stewart listens to a lecture in the College of Health Professions at  Texas State University. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently reclassified the school as an Emerging Research University. Callie Richmond

Election renews interest in civic education

The controversial election of Donald Trump is being used by many educators to reawaken their students, regardless of their political views, about the importance of civic knowledge and engagement in public affairs.

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An early reader looks to teacher, Josefina Pineda, in her Pre-K at the Dallas Independent School District elementary school Cesar Chavez Learning Center in Dallas, Texas. Robert W. Hart

New study reaffirms benefits of quality preschool programs

Early childhood programs in North Carolina resulted in higher test scores, a lower chance of being held back a grade and fewer special education placements with benefits lasting at least five years.

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Survey suggests Google gaining ground on Apple

new survey of 2,500 U.S. teachers and administrators found that the use of Google Chromebooks in the classrooms is on the rise, while use of Apple iPads is declining.

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