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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Texas Officials Want Money to Investigate Student-Teacher Relationships

Texas Education Agency investigator Doug Phillips testifies on punishing educators for inappropriate student-teacher relationships during a public hearing Dec. 7, 2015 before the Senate Education Committee.
Texas Education Agency investigator Doug Phillips testifies on punishing educators for inappropriate student-teacher relationships during a public hearing Dec. 7, 2015 before the Senate Education Committee.

Faced with growing state attention on improper student-teacher relationships, the Texas Education Agency is asking lawmakers for hundreds of thousands of additional dollars to help investigate them — plus new legislation. 

New in Trib+Edu: Teaching Elections in a Tough Year

In this week's edition of the Trib+Edu newsletter: A divisive political climate complicates efforts to teach about the elections, an Alabama school requires a background check before having lunch with a child and an interview with Anthony Brown and Louis Harrison of the University of Texas at Austin.

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.”

"Humans of KIPP" Captures Little Texans' Wisdom

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.

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

Committee Denounces Proposed Mexican-American Studies Textbook

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. 

 

New in Trib+Edu: Public Schools Enrollment is Up

In this week's edition of the Trib+Edu newsletter: New statistics show public school enrollment is up over last year, a former principal acts after finding a correlation between school attendance and access to clean clothes and failing Texas schools are set to face 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.

Failing Texas Schools Facing Tougher State Intervention

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.

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."

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

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.

Texans for Education Opportunity Executive Director Randan Steinhauser, also an adviser for National School Choice Week, speaks during a school choice rally at the Texas Capitol in 2015.
Texans for Education Opportunity Executive Director Randan Steinhauser, also an adviser for National School Choice Week, speaks during a school choice rally at the Texas Capitol in 2015.

In School Choice Fight, a Fresh Force Emerges

An ambitious new player has emerged in the controversial effort to use taxpayer dollars to help Texas parents send their kids to private or religious schools.

New in Trib+Edu: Teachers Help Heal After Violence

In this week's edition of the Trib+Edu newsletter: Teachers help students heal in communities affected by recent violence, a proposed Mexican American studies textbook is lambasted; and an interview with Araceli Martinez Ortiz of Texas State University’s LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research.

During the oil boom, Cuero voters approved a $76 million bond to construct a performing arts center and two elementary schools that are still under construction. The facilities are expected to open this fall.
During the oil boom, Cuero voters approved a $76 million bond to construct a performing arts center and two elementary schools that are still under construction. The facilities are expected to open this fall.

Oil Patch Schools Facing Budget Nightmare

The oil bust is threatening to deal a serious financial blow to schools in oil-producing regions across the state — particularly if it lingers.