Tribpedia: Rob Eissler

TribLive: A Conversation About School Finance

On April 19, I talked with former House Public Education Committee chairmen Rob Eissler and Kent Grusendorf, former vice chairman Scott Hochberg and attorney David Thompson about the perennially unresolved question of how the state should fund public education. Our conversation was co-presented by the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

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.

A Nontraditional Route to Teaching Becomes More Common

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.

The AlgaEternal Facility located on the University of Texas Pickle Research Campus with Chief Scientist Michael Jochum.
The AlgaEternal Facility located on the University of Texas Pickle Research Campus with Chief Scientist Michael Jochum.

Giant Algae Tubes Could Provide New Biofuel Solution

For decades, scientists have been trying to find ways to mass-produce algae as a source of fuel for vehicles, but financial and environmental roadblocks have gotten in the way. The solution may be inside giant tubes at the University of Texas.

Several Democrats line up at back mic to speak with Rep. Rob Eissler R-The Woodlands while discussing amendments to SB8 on June 16th, 2011
Several Democrats line up at back mic to speak with Rep. Rob Eissler R-The Woodlands while discussing amendments to SB8 on June 16th, 2011

House Approves Key Education Bills

When the Senate passed her two signature education bills, Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, made an effort to keep her colleagues from weighing them down with extra amendments. The lower chamber took a different approach. 

State Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, listens to testimony during a House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee hearing on April 5, 2011.
State Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, listens to testimony during a House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee hearing on April 5, 2011.

After 16 Hours of Debate, House Tentatively Passes Key Fiscal Matters Bill

Lengthy debate on a key budget bill featured many retreads of contentious topics from the regular session — but it was Rep. Wayne Christian's revival of his famous "pansexual" amendment around midnight that almost killed the whole thing.

State Rep. Rob Eissler, R-The Woodlands, discusses the conference committee's actions on school finance in the House chamber on May 27, 2011.
State Rep. Rob Eissler, R-The Woodlands, discusses the conference committee's actions on school finance in the House chamber on May 27, 2011.

Updated: Teacher Furloughs Fair Game for Special

Rep. Rob Eissler has filed his mandate relief bill, and while it doesn't lift the class-size ratio, it virtually ensures a school district would recieve a waiver from the requirement upon request — as long as that wouldn't result in more than 25 students in a classroom, a district-wide average of more than 22 students per class, or "negatively affect the education of students."

TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Root and Galbraith on a Dallas billionaire's radioactive waste dump victory, Grissom on the passage of eyewitness ID reform, Hamilton on the old grudges bedeviling the debate over higher ed, Philpott on the status of congressional redistricting, Ramsey on Rick Perry's un-campaign for president, Ramshaw on why medical schools are the scorned children of the state's education budget, my session-wrap interview with three veteran Democrats, M. Smith on why Rob Eissler can't pass mandate relief for school districts and Stiles on who's giving what to which Texas candidates in 2011-12 congressional races: The best of our best content from May 16 to 20, 2011.

State Rep. Rob Eissler (c, top), R-The Woodlands, and State Rep. Borris Miles (c, bottom) wait for a ruling on HB400 point of order on April 26, 2011.
State Rep. Rob Eissler (c, top), R-The Woodlands, and State Rep. Borris Miles (c, bottom) wait for a ruling on HB400 point of order on April 26, 2011.

House Finally Kills Class Size Bill

In what may be the Democrats' first concrete victory of the session, the House at last sent HB 400 to its grave when it failed to take up the controversial education legislation before its midnight deadline.

William Powers Jr., UT President and R. Bowen Loftin, Texas A&M President at TribLive on April 28, 2011.
William Powers Jr., UT President and R. Bowen Loftin, Texas A&M President at TribLive on April 28, 2011.

UT, A&M Offer New Way to Graduate — From High School

The University of Texas and Texas A&M University are working on a system that will allow high school students who demonstrate sufficient competency in English, math, science, a social science and a foreign language to receive a certificate that can be traded for a high school diploma at any time.

State Rep. Borris Miles (l), D-Houston, raises a point of order on HB400 the education bill sponsored by State Rep. Rob Eissler (r), R-The Woodlands, on April 26, 2011.
State Rep. Borris Miles (l), D-Houston, raises a point of order on HB400 the education bill sponsored by State Rep. Rob Eissler (r), R-The Woodlands, on April 26, 2011.

Technicality Slays House Bill on Class Sizes — for Now

The House was set to debate a bill that would scrap a 27-year-old law mandating a 22-to-1 student-teacher ratio in kindergarten through fourth grade today — but before it got the chance, state Rep. Borris Miles, D-Houston, derailed the legislation with a point of order.

State Rep. Dennis Bonnen (L), R-Angleton, has words with state Rep. Rob Eissler, R-The Woodlands, during debate on Eissler's HB500 on April 6, 2011.
State Rep. Dennis Bonnen (L), R-Angleton, has words with state Rep. Rob Eissler, R-The Woodlands, during debate on Eissler's HB500 on April 6, 2011.

House Passes Controversial School Testing Bill [Updated]

A bill from state Rep. Rob Eissler modifying how end-of-course exams factor into graduation led House Republicans into a debate over how best to handle student testing during what one called "extraordinary times" in public education.

State Rep. Scott Hochberg, D-Houston, at the 2010 Texas Democratic Convention in Corpus Christi.
State Rep. Scott Hochberg, D-Houston, at the 2010 Texas Democratic Convention in Corpus Christi.

House Committee Tackles School Finance

On the heels of a newly approved House budget that leaves public schools $7.8 billion short of what they're entitled to under current funding formulas, the House Public Education Committee today considered a round of school finance bills.

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 67

This week's episode of the TribCast features Evan, Ross, Ben and Matt on the supermajority in the Texas House, possible federal court challenges, the coming Census numbers, the Howard/Neil election challenge and the public school budget battle.