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.

As of 2010, more than 4 ...

Texas Museums Hit as Schools Take Fewer Field Trips

Sophia Lara and her father Ricardo look at a display in the dairy processing plant at the Austin Children's Museum.
Sophia Lara and her father Ricardo look at a display in the dairy processing plant at the Austin Children's Museum.

Cultural institutions that once counted on revenue from student field trips are feeling the hit of the state's multibillion-dollar education cuts. The drop in student trips is especially hard for museums and symphonies around the state that already face shrinking bottom lines in a tough economy.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 12/19/11

Aaronson on Rick Perry's Texas Enterprise Fund, Aguliar on the DOJ's Joe Arpaio problem, Galbraith on the uncertainty about Texas' electric grid, Grissom and Schwartz of The New York Times on the latest in the Michael Morton case, Hamilton on the first leg of Perry's Iowa bus tour, Murphy and McLain unveil our new campaign finance database, Ramsey et al. go live with the first round of our 2012 election brackets, Root on a GOP rival's queries about Perry's pension play, M. Smith contrasts the various school finance lawsuits and Tan, Dehn and Murphy on a shortage of mental health professionals: The best of our best content from December 19-23, 2011.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 11/28/11

Aaronson maps the growth of poverty in Texas, Aguilar on the suicide of an illegal immigrant, Galbraith on the prospect of more rolling blackouts, Grissom on a prosecutor's memory lapse, Hamilton on the prospect of public universities undergoing a sunset review, Murphy's latest awesome redistricting interactive, Ramsey on a stumbling start to the 2012 election season, Root on Rick Perry's latest populist tirade, M. Smith on the boom in for-profit teacher certification programs and Tan on the fight against cervical cancer in ... Africa: The best of our best content from November 28 to December 2, 2011.

Denton ISD Advanced Technology Complex disaster response teacher, Jeff Arrington, works hands on with his students during a class project.
Denton ISD Advanced Technology Complex disaster response teacher, Jeff Arrington, works hands on with his students during a class project.

For-Profit, Alternative Teaching Programs Are Booming

For-profit, alternative certification teaching programs are booming in Texas. Every year since 2007, the two largest programs have produced far more teachers than any other traditional or alternative program.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 11/21/11

Root and Tan on the restoration of the Governor's Mansion and on the Perrys' expensive replacement digs, E. Smith's TribLive interview with three freshman legislators in El Paso, M. Smith on tough financial standards for local school districts, Ramshaw and Murphy on Texas docs paid by drug companies, yours truly on new congressional and legislative redistricting maps, Hamilton on the biggest competitive endeavor in Brownsville's schools and Aguilar on how border mayors feel about military equipment in their cities: The best of our best content from November 21 to 25, 2011.

Brownsville's Sharp Elementary Chess Team members (L-R), Eduardo Rodriguez, 8 and Adrian Castro, 7 practice after school on Monday Nov. 15, 2011.
Brownsville's Sharp Elementary Chess Team members (L-R), Eduardo Rodriguez, 8 and Adrian Castro, 7 practice after school on Monday Nov. 15, 2011.

Despite Cuts, Brownsville Schools Protect Chess Legacy

Budget cuts may have taken more than $30 million out of the Brownsville Independent School District’s budget for the next two years, but administrators say they are working to preserve financing for one key pot of money: the chess budget.

Texas teachers from Save Texas Schools crowd the hallway outside the House chamber protesting budget cuts on Saturday, May 21, 2011.
Texas teachers from Save Texas Schools crowd the hallway outside the House chamber protesting budget cuts on Saturday, May 21, 2011.

Texas Teachers Say Classes Growing, Layoffs Widespread

The Texas branch of the American Federation of Teachers has released the results of a web survey that reports extensive teacher layoffs, increasing class sizes, and deteriorating work conditions following state budget cuts.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 11/7/11

Ramshaw and Root on the debate that dominated the nation's political news, Tan and Ramshaw on how it will affect Rick Perry's campaign, Philpott on what "oops" might mean for Perry in South Carolina, Root on what it means in Iowa, Dehn with the latest Weekend Insider video, Galbraith on the split fates of water-related constitutional amendments, Grissom on an arrest in a 1986 murder case, Hamilton on UT-Arlington's efforts to control tuition costs and M. Smith, Murphy and Gerdau on West Texas schools raising money with wind farms: The best of our best content from November 7 to 11, 2011.

A junior high 6-man football game in Blackwell ISD. The on-site wind turbine can produce up to 40 percent of the school's electricity needs.
A junior high 6-man football game in Blackwell ISD. The on-site wind turbine can produce up to 40 percent of the school's electricity needs.

Wind Farms Propel Money Into West Texas Schools

Energy development capitalizing on the high winds in West Texas has injected sluggish rural communities with new economic lifeblood. The “windfall” has bestowed hundreds of millions of dollars on mostly tiny schools. 

Windfall for Nolan County Schools

Energy development capitalizing on the high winds in West Texas has injected sluggish rural communities with new economic lifeblood. The “windfall” has bestowed hundreds of millions of dollars — an embarrassment of riches — on mostly tiny schools.