TEA http://tpr.org en Updated: Judge Rules Texas School Finance System Is Unconstitutional http://tpr.org/post/updated-judge-rules-texas-school-finance-system-unconstitutional <p><strong>Update (4:05 p.m.):</strong> In his final decision, Travis County District Judge John Dietz said that the property tax system set up to fund school districts was ineffective at distributing funding equally to campuses across the state.&nbsp;</p><p>Attorney David Thompson represents the largest number of schools in the lawsuit.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:38:29 +0000 Ryan Poppe 37462 at http://tpr.org Updated: Judge Rules Texas School Finance System Is Unconstitutional Senate Education Committee Grills TEA On STAAR Writing Exam Standards http://tpr.org/post/senate-education-committee-grills-tea-staar-writing-exam-standards <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State lawmakers took issue with the Texas Education Agency’s plan to keep the standard for writing component of the Texas </span>STAARS<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> exam at a lower level for a third year in a row. Lawmakers</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> voiced concerns with keeping the lower standard and changing the exam while student </span>performance<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; remains flat.</span></p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:41:55 +0000 Ryan Poppe 37395 at http://tpr.org Senate Education Committee Grills TEA On STAAR Writing Exam Standards Texas Education Agency Not Sure What To Do With Immigrant Children http://tpr.org/post/texas-education-agency-not-sure-what-do-immigrant-children <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Following a surge of Central American minors crossing &nbsp;into the United States illegally, the state of Texas is attempting to figure out what to do about their education.&nbsp;</span></p><p>A 1982 Supreme Court ruing mandated that all states would be required to provide an education to migrant children regardless of legal status. With the recent increase of Central American children, the&nbsp; Texas Education Agency is not sure what to do.</p> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 23:09:40 +0000 Joey Palacios 36237 at http://tpr.org Texas Education Agency Not Sure What To Do With Immigrant Children Texas Education Commissioner Requests Extension For Rollout Of New Teacher Evaluations http://tpr.org/post/texas-education-commissioner-requests-extension-rollout-new-teacher-evaluations <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has asked the U.S. Department of Education allow the state to delay a full rollout of a new teacher evaluation system and</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> teacher's associations are applauding Williams' action.</span></p><p>As per agreement with that allows Texas to opt out of sections of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, Williams was to design a teacher evaluation pilot program, test it using voluntary school districts, and then rollout the program after a year.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:37:16 +0000 Ryan Poppe 35659 at http://tpr.org Texas Education Commissioner Requests Extension For Rollout Of New Teacher Evaluations LULAC, MALDEF File Federal Suit Over Texas English Language Learner Programs http://tpr.org/post/lulac-maldef-file-federal-suit-over-texas-english-language-learner-programs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on the behalf of the League of United Latin-American Citizens, alleging the state of Texas isn’t doing enough to advance English language learner (ELL) students in public schools.</span></p><p>The lawsuit also names San Antonio-area school districts North East ISD and Southwest ISD as defendants and references continuing state education reports to show ELL students are not given as many opportunities as other students.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:20:48 +0000 Ryan Poppe 33237 at http://tpr.org Teachers Express Concern With New TEA Evaluation Pilot Program http://tpr.org/post/teachers-express-concern-new-tea-evaluation-pilot-program <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State teachers gave House leaders their take on the new job assessment pilot program designed by the Texas Education Agency. T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">eachers criticized the use of student test scores to measure job performance, calling the formula “black magic” with no type of scientific evidence.</span></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 16:51:12 +0000 Ryan Poppe 31712 at http://tpr.org Teachers Express Concern With New TEA Evaluation Pilot Program Villarreal Pledges To Take Action Following Charter School Financial Accountability Reports http://tpr.org/post/villarreal-pledges-take-action-following-charter-school-financial-accountability-reports <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Following a series of reports released by Texas State Board of Education Vice Chairman Thomas Ratliff on charter school financial accountability, a state lawmaker said he’s looking into legislation for the 2015 session that will address the issue.</span></p><p>According to an analysis released by Ratliff last week:</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 19:54:01 +0000 Ryan Poppe 31629 at http://tpr.org Villarreal Pledges To Take Action Following Charter School Financial Accountability Reports In Second Report From SBOE Vice Chair, Charter Financial Disparities Go Beyond Pay http://tpr.org/post/second-report-sboe-vice-chair-charter-financial-disparities-go-beyond-pay <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Using data from the Texas Education Agency’s website, State Board of Education Vice Chairman Thomas Ratliff showed how the overall spending at a majority of charter schools is over the recommended amount set by the state. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Ratliff said the general conversation about charter schools focuses on school choice, but, he said, the financial management and accountability isn’t something that’s often addressed. Following his study on superintendent pay at charter schools, it was suggested that he examine overall spending.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 15:06:56 +0000 Ryan Poppe 31336 at http://tpr.org In Second Report From SBOE Vice Chair, Charter Financial Disparities Go Beyond Pay New Evaluation System Gives Tests 20 Percent Weight, Educators Outraged http://tpr.org/post/new-evaluation-system-gives-tests-20-percent-weight-educators-outraged <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As per his agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has submitted a new teacher evaluation model this week that uses student test scores as one of the components for measuring a teacher's success. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>The teacher evaluation system is part of the waiver that allowed Texas to opt out of No Child Left Behind.&nbsp; This week Williams released the final draft of that evaluation, an evaluation that counts 20 percent from students' standardized test scores.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 15:22:41 +0000 Ryan Poppe 31287 at http://tpr.org Drastic Pay Difference Per Student Between Charter & Public School Superintendents http://tpr.org/post/drastic-pay-difference-student-between-charter-public-school-superintendents <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New numbers released by Texas State Board of Education Vice Chairman Thomas Ratliff shows superintendents at Texas charter schools are paid more than their public school counterparts. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Ratliff has been sifting through the annual financial reports for public schools and charter schools, which are put out by the Texas Education Agency.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 17:06:27 +0000 Ryan Poppe 31174 at http://tpr.org Drastic Pay Difference Per Student Between Charter & Public School Superintendents