Texas Education Agency http://tpr.org en Education Commission Set To Approve New Charter Schools Under New Law http://tpr.org/post/education-commission-set-approve-new-charter-schools-under-new-law <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Following several hearings on the issue and meetings with private charters, the Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams is ready to add nearly a dozen new charter schools to state system.</span></p><p>Under a new law first authored by state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, the state is able to raise the number of charter school contracts from the current 215 schools to 305 by 2019.&nbsp;</p><p>Williams is wasting no time selecting a number of new schools allowed to operate in Texas. He said he was hit with 31 applications once the law took effect.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 20:24:22 +0000 Ryan Poppe 18875 at http://tpr.org Education Commission Set To Approve New Charter Schools Under New Law Feds Deny Education Commissioner's Testing Request http://tpr.org/post/feds-deny-education-commissioners-testing-request <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Department of Education has denied the Texas Education Commissioner’s waiver to opt-out of &nbsp;testing requirements connected to the No Child Left Behind program.</span></p><p>Since taking office, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has petitioned the federal government to allow Texas to opt-out of 15 provisions in the Department of Education program known as No Child Left Behind.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:29:46 +0000 Ryan Poppe 18283 at http://tpr.org Feds Deny Education Commissioner's Testing Request Texas Education Commissioner Campaigns For Reducing High-Stakes Exams http://tpr.org/post/texas-education-commissioner-campaigns-reducing-high-stakes-exams <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Education Commissioner Michael Williams has been campaigning over the weekend to reducing the number of high-stakes exams required for graduation.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At a business luncheon put on by the Texas Association of Businesses, Williams spoke about reducing the number of end-of-course exams from the current number of 15 tests.</span></p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 20:34:42 +0000 Ryan Poppe 10479 at http://tpr.org Texas Education Commissioner Campaigns For Reducing High-Stakes Exams TEA Disciplines Six Tutoring Agencies In Fraud Investigation http://tpr.org/post/tea-disciplines-six-tutoring-agencies-fraud-investigation <p>After a complaint from the San Antonio Independent School District, the Texas Education Agency has suspended or put on probation several tutoring agencies that may have committed fraud.</p><p>SAISD filed its complaint in February, claiming several tutoring agencies were falsely submitting names of students they may not have tutored for reimbursement of more than $280,000.</p><p>The TEA maintains a list of more than 100 tutoring companies that are entitled to receive school district funds as part of the No Child Left Behind Act and parents choose from that list.</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:08:19 +0000 Joey Palacios 9441 at http://tpr.org TEA Disciplines Six Tutoring Agencies In Fraud Investigation New TEA Rating System: What Does It Mean To Be An "A" Student In An "F" School? http://tpr.org/post/new-tea-rating-system-what-does-it-mean-be-student-f-school <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sen. Leticia Van </span>De Putte<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> expressed her outrage and disappointment toward the Texas Education Agency commissioner and his re-vamped public schools rating system.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Van De Putte said </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Education Commissioner Michael Williams’ reason for changing the school rating system from language of "acceptable or unacceptable" to a report card system of an "A through F" is an insult.</span></p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 18:55:11 +0000 Ryan Poppe 9168 at http://tpr.org New TEA Rating System: What Does It Mean To Be An "A" Student In An "F" School? Studying Bexar County School District Consolidation http://tpr.org/post/studying-bexar-county-school-district-consolidation <p>One of the possible solutions for solving issues with school finance is consolidating school districts; HB 2542 would study possible Bexar County school district consolidation. Even though Gov. Perry is not swaying on Medicaid expansion, there is still hope that Texas will do something to get people care and the federal money that goes with it.</p><p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 19:25:10 +0000 David Martin Davies 8317 at http://tpr.org Studying Bexar County School District Consolidation Schools Saved Thanks To TEA Decision To Suspend Academic Ratings http://tpr.org/post/schools-saved-thanks-tea-decision-suspend-academic-ratings-0 <p>The Texas Education Agency has suspended issuing ratings for school districts this year as students get used to the new state exam. Three schools and one school district, who would have had their public school status revoked, have been given what amounts to a stay of execution because of the suspension.</p><p><strong>The schools in question are:</strong></p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 18:33:09 +0000 Joey Palacios & Paul Flahive 5893 at http://tpr.org Schools Saved Thanks To TEA Decision To Suspend Academic Ratings How Premont ISD Beat The Odds And The TEA To Stay Open http://tpr.org/post/how-premont-isd-beat-odds-and-tea-stay-open <p>Premont ISD has struggled with low attendance, low test scores and poor finances for years, but when a letter from the TEA came threatening to close the school, everyone knew that something must be done.</p><p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 16:13:42 +0000 David Martin Davies 3934 at http://tpr.org How Premont ISD Beat The Odds And The TEA To Stay Open