Tribpedia: Public Education

More tax dollars are spent on public education than on any other governmental program in the state. Public elementary and secondary education in Texas is financed by a combination of state, local, and federal revenue, a system that has produced inequities among the state's 1,030 traditional school districts and 207 charter operators.

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Candidate Who Called Obama a Gay Prostitute Loses Education Board Race

Mary Lou Bruner and Keven Ellis are hoping to represent District 9 on the State Board of Education. Northeast Texas voters will pick between the two Republicans in a May 24 runoff election. Whoever wins the nomination will face Democrat Amanda Rudolph in November.
Mary Lou Bruner and Keven Ellis are hoping to represent District 9 on the State Board of Education. Northeast Texas voters will pick between the two Republicans in a May 24 runoff election. Whoever wins the nomination will face Democrat Amanda Rudolph in November.

In a stunning comeback, State Board of Education candidate Keven Ellis won a Republican primary runoff over Mary Lou Bruner, who drew national attention for objectionable social media posts.

 

House Public Education Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, pulled down a school finance bill during the 84th legislative session on May 14, 2015.
House Public Education Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, pulled down a school finance bill during the 84th legislative session on May 14, 2015.

Analysis: If School Finance System is Legal, What’s the Incentive to Fix it?

A Texas Supreme Court decision saying the state’s school funding system is a big, stinking mess — but not an unconstitutional one — might be just the medicine to keep things just the way they are.

Protesters at a press conference held by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who again called on Fort Worth Independent School District Superintendent Kent Scribner to resign over the district's bathroom guidelines for transgender students.
Protesters at a press conference held by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who again called on Fort Worth Independent School District Superintendent Kent Scribner to resign over the district's bathroom guidelines for transgender students.

Patrick Draws Fire for "Fake Outrage" Over FW Bathroom Policy

Transgender advocates derided Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Tuesday for what they described as his “fake outrage” over the Fort Worth school district’s new transgender bathroom guidelines, calling the Republican a shameless bully. The district's superintendent said he will not heed Patrick's request for his resignation. 

Computer Glitch Affected Thousands of STAAR Exams

Technical issues last week that caused students to lose their answers on state standardized exams impacted about 14,220 computerized tests, Commissioner Mike Morath told the State Board of Education on Wednesday. Most were tests taken by special education students, and Morath said school districts get to decide if students will be tested again.

At High Schools Just Miles Apart, a World of Difference in College Paths

The Top 10 Percent Rule aims to give all Texas public high school students an equal shot at getting into the state's top public universities. But as two Dallas-area schools illustrate, promising a student a spot in a top university doesn’t promise that he or she will go. This story is part of the Tribune's "Price of Admission" series.

The banner displayed before the football game on Oct. 5, 2012 in Kountze, TX. The issue of whether the high school's cheerleaders can display signs with religious messages at football games has been the subject of a protracted legal fight.
The banner displayed before the football game on Oct. 5, 2012 in Kountze, TX. The issue of whether the high school's cheerleaders can display signs with religious messages at football games has been the subject of a protracted legal fight.

Cheerleader Case Can Proceed, State Supreme Court Rules

An East Texas cheerleading squad suing for their right to wave religious banners at football games will be allowed to continue with their lawsuit, the Texas Supreme Court announced in a unanimous opinion released Friday.

Video: Widening the High School-to-College Pipeline

At our 1/22 symposium on urban public education, John Fitzpatrick of Educate Texas talked about widening the high school-to-college pipeline with David Anthony, CEO of Raise Your Hand Texas;Susan Simpson Hull, superintendent of the Grand Prairie Independent School District; Daniel King, superintendent of the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District; and William Serrata, president of the El Paso Community College District.

Video: The Focus on Social and Emotional Learning

At our 1/22 symposium on urban public education, Chris Coxon of Educate Texas led a discussion about social and emotional learning with Paul Cruz, superintendent of the Austin Independent School District; Eric Gordon, CEO of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District; Terry Grier, superintendent of the Houston Independent School District; and Airick West, member of the board of directors for Kansas City Public Schools.

Video: Educating the New Demographic Majority

At our 1/22 symposium on urban public education, I talked about the intersection of policy and population with Juan Cabrera, superintendent of the El Paso Independent School District, Richard Carranza, superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, Michael Hinojosa, superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District, and Elena Izquierdo, associate professor of bilingual/biliteracy education at the University of Texas at El Paso.

 

As some school districts rely less on hardback textbooks, some parents find their children depend more on printed out material culled together into patchwork textbooks.
As some school districts rely less on hardback textbooks, some parents find their children depend more on printed out material culled together into patchwork textbooks.

As Texas Schools Go Digital, Parents Say They Need to Be Educated Too

Across Texas, schools are replacing hardcover textbooks with other resources: digital textbooks, printed worksheets and online tutorials.  As schools phase out hard textbooks that students can bring home, some parents are finding it more difficult to understand what their students are learning, or how to help them with homework. 

Read the full story at KUT News.

Ramon Cavazos teaches a middle school business class in the Olfen Independent School District in Rowena, Texas, on Jan. 20, 2016.
Ramon Cavazos teaches a middle school business class in the Olfen Independent School District in Rowena, Texas, on Jan. 20, 2016.

Tiny District to Offer First Four-Day School Week in Texas

Olfen Independent School District, one of the smallest districts in Texas, will transition to a four-day school week in August — the first of its kind in the state. School officials said a newly passed law altering how the state defines a school day allowed them to create the modified calendar.