Tribpedia: Education

Texas House's chief budget writer: State shouldn't cut border security funding

State Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond, answers questions regarding a lean Texas budget with an appearance at TTEvents on Feb. 23, 2017
State Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond, answers questions regarding a lean Texas budget with an appearance at TTEvents on Feb. 23, 2017

The Texas’ House’s chief budget writer said that President Trump’s emergence in Washington shouldn’t give state lawmakers license to slice hefty appropriations for border security — at least not yet. 

 

Students enter a classroom one one of the 11 Houston-area campuses of Yes Prep, a public charter school system serving 7,000 low-income students.
Students enter a classroom one one of the 11 Houston-area campuses of Yes Prep, a public charter school system serving 7,000 low-income students.

Texas parents: Help us understand your school choices

As we examine school choice proposals before the Legislature, The Texas Tribune wants to hear directly from families who would be affected by changing state and national policies. 

New in Trib+Edu: NEA rallies 1 million against DeVos

In this week's edition of the Trib+Edu newsletter: The NEA rallies more than 1 million against Besty DeVos' confirmation as education secretary, efficacy of police officers in public schools is questioned in new study and an interview with Cathy Horn of the Education Research Center at the University of Houston.

State Board of Education member Barbara Cargill attends a meeting of the board on Feb. 1, 2017 in Austin.
State Board of Education member Barbara Cargill attends a meeting of the board on Feb. 1, 2017 in Austin.

In preliminary vote, State Board of Education keeps controversial evolution standards

A day after hearing from scientists begging them to remove controversial language from science standards that some say opens the door to creationism, State Board of Education members took a preliminary vote Wednesday to do the opposite.

State Board of Education members work their way through proposed revisions to social studies textbooks at a meeting with publishers in Austin on Monday, October 20, 2014.
State Board of Education members work their way through proposed revisions to social studies textbooks at a meeting with publishers in Austin on Monday, October 20, 2014.

State Board of Education to debate language in state standards on evolution

State Board of Education members will hear public testimony Tuesday on science curriculum standards that teach students to discredit evolution. They will discuss potential amendments to the standards Wednesday.

Ruth Simmons, who will chair the board of the newly announced Holdsworth Center, meets with Garza High School students on Jan. 17, 2017.
Ruth Simmons, who will chair the board of the newly announced Holdsworth Center, meets with Garza High School students on Jan. 17, 2017.

H-E-B CEO Charles Butt pledges $100 million to public schools nonprofit

Touting a $100 million investment from H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt, public school officials on Tuesday announced the creation of the Holdsworth Center, a nonprofit organization that will work with school districts.

Race in Education in Texas (video)

Check out full video from our conversation on race and education at the Texas Tribune symposium on race. Panelists include former Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams, Congressman Joaquin Castro, Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell and San Antonio ISD Assistant Superintendent Olivia Hernandez.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz talks with Sen. John Cornyn and Brooke Rollins, president and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, during a TPPF Orientation conference on January 13, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel in Austin.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz talks with Sen. John Cornyn and Brooke Rollins, president and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, during a TPPF Orientation conference on January 13, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel in Austin.

Ted Cruz urges Texas Legislature to focus on school choice

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz urged state lawmakers Friday to take on school choice this session, adding his voice to what is likely to be a tough battle for education reformers under the pink dome. 

Vanessa Tijerina addresses a U.S. Department of Education panel about her 13-year-old special needs child on Dec. 13, 2016, in Edinburg, Texas. Federal education officials toured Texas to hear community members' experiences with special education, as part of an investigation into whether Texas is capping services for students with disabilities.
Vanessa Tijerina addresses a U.S. Department of Education panel about her 13-year-old special needs child on Dec. 13, 2016, in Edinburg, Texas. Federal education officials toured Texas to hear community members' experiences with special education, as part of an investigation into whether Texas is capping services for students with disabilities.

South Texans claim school districts withheld special ed

Rio Grande Valley parents and educators told federal and state officials Tuesday that school districts lacked knowledge and resources to get students special education services that comply with federal law.

New in Trib+Edu: Summer break and weight gain

In this week's edition of the Trib+Edu newsletter: New study shows young students are at greater risk of weight gain when school's out for the summer, new classroom edition of Minecraft has launched and an interview with Alexandra Loukas of UT-Austin's College of Education.