Vol 3, Issue 15

Texas higher education commissioner Raymund Paredes during symposium at Baylor University in Waco, Texas
Texas higher education commissioner Raymund Paredes during symposium at Baylor University in Waco, Texas

Education Officials Point Fingers over College Readiness

The strained relationship between the state’s higher and public education leaders were on full display Wednesday as Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes told the State Board of Education it isn't doing enough to prepare students for college.

Dr. Emilio Zamora, a history professor at UT Austin, discusses factual errors in a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook during a press conference on July 18, 2016.
Dr. Emilio Zamora, a history professor at UT Austin, discusses factual errors in a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook during a press conference on July 18, 2016.

Proposed Mexican-American Studies Textbook Lambasted

Activist groups and professors gathered Monday at the Texas Education Agency to list their concerns with a proposed Mexican American studies textbook and call on the board to reject it. 

 

Gov. Greg Abbott signs HB4, which adds funding for pre-K, into law at the Anita Uphaus Early Childhood Center in Austin Texas May 28, 2015.
Gov. Greg Abbott signs HB4, which adds funding for pre-K, into law at the Anita Uphaus Early Childhood Center in Austin Texas May 28, 2015.

Some Schools Rejecting Pared Down State Pre-K Grants

More than 20 school districts have turned down state grant money to bolster their pre-kindergarten programs because the amount offered to them isn’t enough to cover required improvements.

Araceli Martinez Ortiz is director of the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research at Texas State University.
Araceli Martinez Ortiz is director of the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research at Texas State University.

The Q&A: Araceli Martinez Ortiz

In this week’s Q&A, we interview Araceli Martinez Ortiz, the director of Texas State University’s LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings shakes Chief of Police David Brown's hand as former President Bush, President Obama, their wives, U.S. Sens. Cornyn and Cruz and others applaud on July 12, 2016.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings shakes Chief of Police David Brown's hand as former President Bush, President Obama, their wives, U.S. Sens. Cornyn and Cruz and others applaud on July 12, 2016.

Educators Address Student Needs After Recent Violence

Educators in each of the communities affected by recent violence are focusing on students’ needs and how to address emotional issues related to race relations, grief and feelings of safety and well-being.

The Giddings State School is a high security juvenile correctional facility that houses, educates and vocationally trains male youths. The "Raised by the State" reunion Sept. 16, brought offenders who served at Giddings between 1990-2003 back to show appreciation to the staff that helped change their lives.
The Giddings State School is a high security juvenile correctional facility that houses, educates and vocationally trains male youths. The "Raised by the State" reunion Sept. 16, brought offenders who served at Giddings between 1990-2003 back to show appreciation to the staff that helped change their lives.

Vocational Courses Leave Girls Behind, Research Says

Researchers say female graduates are often excluded from career-and-technical education programs because of social stigmas and industry prejudices.

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