State Board of Education http://tpr.org en The Source: Cultural Identity And Academic Success http://tpr.org/post/source-cultural-identity-and-academic-success <p>Mexican-American studies courses were pushed to the back of the line; sometimes having no curriculum, as here in Texas, or being outright banned in states like Arizona.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:00:35 +0000 Paul Flahive 30141 at http://tpr.org The Source: Cultural Identity And Academic Success The Source: What Will The Statehouse Do To Graduation Requirements? http://tpr.org/post/source-what-will-statehouse-do-graduation-requirements <p>When House Bill 5 passed last year it signaled yet another change in course for public education in Texas. Texas House and Senate members will take another look next Wednesday<a href="http://tpr.org/post/next-week-lawmakers-will-take-new-hb-5-curriculum-standards?nopop=1" target="_blank"> at the standards</a> they passed last year and how the State Board of Education has implemented them.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:04:12 +0000 Paul Flahive 28614 at http://tpr.org The Source: What Will The Statehouse Do To Graduation Requirements? Texas Overhauls Textbook Approval To Ease Tensions Over Evolution http://tpr.org/post/texas-overhauls-textbook-approval-ease-tensions-over-evolution The Texas Board of Education, which has long been an ideological battleground for the teaching of evolution, says it will <a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20140131-texas-education-board-overhauls-graduation-requirements.ece">limit the use of citizen review panels and instead give priority to teachers</a> in determining science and history curricula.<p>Because Texas public schools represent such a large market for textbook publishers, the state has an outsized influence on what is taught in the rest of the country.<p>Science curricula in particular have become a sourc Sat, 01 Feb 2014 16:37:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 26028 at http://tpr.org Texas Overhauls Textbook Approval To Ease Tensions Over Evolution Education Commissioner Uses San Antonio Visit To Build Curriculum Recommendation http://tpr.org/post/education-commissioner-uses-san-antonio-visit-build-curriculum-recommendation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams visited San Antonio’s Toyota plant this week to engage professionals and state officials on how to implement new curriculum changes that offer career and technology opportunities.</span></p><p>Williams said he needs to understand what skills students need to possess before, during, and after high school.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 19:53:29 +0000 Ryan Poppe 23052 at http://tpr.org Education Commissioner Uses San Antonio Visit To Build Curriculum Recommendation Math Requiremenets Contested At State Board Of Education Hearing http://tpr.org/post/math-requiremenets-contested-state-board-education-hearing <p style="margin: 0in 0in 11.25pt; line-height: 16.5pt; vertical-align: baseline; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-size:11.5pt;font-family:Georgia;color:#333333">The Texas State Board of Education is hearing final public testimony regarding how the new career-ready and college-bound pathways will look for school districts;&nbsp;the subject Algebra II is still the most hotly contested topic.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:04:13 +0000 Ryan Poppe 22305 at http://tpr.org Math Requiremenets Contested At State Board Of Education Hearing How Curriculum Standards Will Work Under New Education Law http://tpr.org/post/how-curriculum-standards-will-work-under-new-education-law <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams <a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=25769806149" target="_blank">has posted a draft</a> of a how the curriculum standards will work with a new law creating multiple educational pathways for Texas students.</span></p><p>The new curriculum standards were created by House Bill 5 that passed during the 2013 regular session, it creates career-technical and college-ready pathways for students.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:09:51 +0000 Ryan Poppe 20449 at http://tpr.org How Curriculum Standards Will Work Under New Education Law Texas Textbook Battle Over Evolution Likely To Continue Until The Final Day http://tpr.org/post/texas-textbook-battle-over-evolution-likely-continue-until-final-day <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The battle over how evolution will be presented for all public school students in Texas led to rallies and heated testimony during a State Board of Education meeting.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Much of the controversy has to do with a group of people who are proponents of "creationism" that are trying to alter the way evolution is presented in next year’s biology textbook, questioning the soundness of the theory.</span></p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:54:51 +0000 Ryan Poppe 20375 at http://tpr.org Texas Textbook Battle Over Evolution Likely To Continue Until The Final Day New Education "Flex" Plans Could Help Reduce Recidivism In Texas Prisons http://tpr.org/post/new-education-flex-plans-could-help-reduce-recidivism-texas-prisons <p>State Board of Education member Thomas Ratliff is looking into how House Bill 5, a bill passed in the last legislative session that reduces standardized tests and creates multiple educational paths for public school students, can benefit convicted criminals who are locked up.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 15:22:18 +0000 Ryan Poppe 18965 at http://tpr.org New Education "Flex" Plans Could Help Reduce Recidivism In Texas Prisons 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 Review Panelist Says Cargill Is Interfering In Textbook Process http://tpr.org/post/review-panelist-says-cargill-interfering-textbook-process <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The review process for next year's <a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index3.aspx?id=1156" target="_blank">State Board of Education</a>-approved biology textbooks has already hit several bumps along the way with controversial comments by reviewers about evolution and climate change, but now there are allegations about improper conduct by SBOE Chairwoman Barbara Cargill.</span></p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 16:34:43 +0000 Ryan Poppe 18494 at http://tpr.org Review Panelist Says Cargill Is Interfering In Textbook Process