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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State Board of Education set to vote on Mexican-American studies book

State Sen. José Menéndez, D-San Antonio, speaks during a press conference at the Texas Education Agency on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 regarding a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook that educators and activists are calling racist. The advocacy group, Texas Freedom Network, along with educators, and activists are asking the State Board of Education to reject the Mexican American heritage textbook.
State Sen. José Menéndez, D-San Antonio, speaks during a press conference at the Texas Education Agency on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 regarding a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook that educators and activists are calling racist. The advocacy group, Texas Freedom Network, along with educators, and activists are asking the State Board of Education to reject the Mexican American heritage textbook.

Activists and scholars turned out for the second time to urge the State Board of Education to reject a Mexican-American studies textbook they call racist and inaccurate. The board will vote this week.

Georgia Moore, front left, was diagnosed with leukemia, and had to undergo chemotherapy that affected her immune system. She had to stay home from school because her parents worried unvaccinated kids might make her sick.
Georgia Moore, front left, was diagnosed with leukemia, and had to undergo chemotherapy that affected her immune system. She had to stay home from school because her parents worried unvaccinated kids might make her sick.

Across Texas, growing clusters of unvaccinated children

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Even though statewide levels of vaccinations remain high, public health officials are increasingly worried about the geographic areas where parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children. 

Briana Dovi, who graduated from University of Texas at Arlington, is one of the few foster youths in Texas that has taken advantage of the free tuition waiver provided by the state.
Briana Dovi, who graduated from University of Texas at Arlington, is one of the few foster youths in Texas that has taken advantage of the free tuition waiver provided by the state.

Texas foster youth struggle to get college degrees

Although Texas offers free tuition waivers and other benefits to ease foster youths' transition to higher education, the number of students using the resources has declined.

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.

As the doors open at 7 a.m. on Election Day 2016, people stream into the George Washington Carver Library in Austin, Texas to cast their vote.
As the doors open at 7 a.m. on Election Day 2016, people stream into the George Washington Carver Library in Austin, Texas to cast their vote.

Houston schools measure lags, Austin transit bond leads

Harris County elected a Democratic district attorney, Houston ISD voters thumbed their noses at the Texas school finance system and Austin voters backed a $720 million transportation bond.

Executive director of the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute and the Texas Conservative Coalition, John Colyandro gives testimony during a September 13, 2016 Select Committee on State & Federal Power & Responsibility
Executive director of the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute and the Texas Conservative Coalition, John Colyandro gives testimony during a September 13, 2016 Select Committee on State & Federal Power & Responsibility

GOP operative John Colyandro to lead "school choice" lobbying group

Longtime GOP political operative John Colyandro has been tapped to head a new organization that will aggressively push Texas lawmakers to approve education savings accounts.

 

Ronny Risinger teaches an AP government class at the Liberal Arts and Sciences Academy (LASA) in Austin, Texas on November 2, 2016. Lillian Hotz sits in the front row of his class.
Ronny Risinger teaches an AP government class at the Liberal Arts and Sciences Academy (LASA) in Austin, Texas on November 2, 2016. Lillian Hotz sits in the front row of his class.

Teaching to the sext: How Texas educators tackle a NSFW election

Texas teachers are finding plenty of lessons for students in the 2016 presidential election, but discussing some of the racier news requires a careful approach. 

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.

Help Wanted to Investigate Student-Teacher Relationships

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.

"Starving the Beast," a new documentary directed by Steve Mims, examines higher education defunding over the past three decades.
"Starving the Beast," a new documentary directed by Steve Mims, examines higher education defunding over the past three decades.

Documentary Examines Texas Higher Education Defunding

A new documentary titled "Starving the Beast" claims Texas officials have maneuvered higher education into a business rather than a public good.

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.