Charter Schools http://tpr.org en The Source: Teacher Tenure Ruled Unconstitutional http://tpr.org/post/source-teacher-tenure-ruled-unconstitutional <p>In California schools, as of last week, teacher tenure is unconstitutional. That was the finding of a state judge who said it adversely affected <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2014/06/judge_strikes_down_california_s_teacher_tenure_laws_a_made_up_statistic.html" target="_blank">poor and minority students</a>.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:46:38 +0000 Paul Flahive 33520 at http://tpr.org The Source: Teacher Tenure Ruled Unconstitutional 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 Side-By-Side Comparison Shows Charters Cost More And Have Lower Accountability Ratings http://tpr.org/post/side-side-comparison-shows-charters-cost-more-and-have-lower-accountability-ratings <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After looking into administrative pay and financial accountability, a comparison between Texas charter schools and public </span>districts<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> show an over 30 percent gap between the two groups as it pertains to student accountability ratings.</span></p> Fri, 09 May 2014 21:49:44 +0000 Ryan Poppe 31461 at http://tpr.org 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 The Source: Is Charter Superintendent Pay Out Of Step With State's Norms? http://tpr.org/post/source-charter-superintendent-pay-out-step-states-norms <p></p><p>State Board of Education Vice Chairman Thomas Ratliff wants people to know that charter school superintendents are <a href="http://tpr.org/post/drastic-pay-difference-student-between-charter-public-school-superintendents">making more</a>&nbsp;money -- at times surprisingly more money -- than their public school peers. He wants to know if the schools that are run like a business, but take state funds per student, are using those state funds wisely.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 16:09:36 +0000 Paul Flahive 31248 at http://tpr.org The Source: Is Charter Superintendent Pay Out Of Step With State's Norms? 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 Education Commissioner Set To Revoke Six Charter School Licenses http://tpr.org/post/education-commissioner-set-revoke-six-charter-school-licenses <p>Six open-enrollment charter schools have been notified by the state that they are about to have their license revoked. A new law passed by the legislature gives the education commissioner greater authority, including revoking a failing charter school’s state license.</p><p>This week Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams sent six open-enrollment charter schools notices of mandatory revocation. Under the new law calling for more charter schools, the commissioner was also given additional authority to revoke failing charter schools state license.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:16:12 +0000 Ryan Poppe 26550 at http://tpr.org Education Commissioner Set To Revoke Six Charter School Licenses The Source: Education In America http://tpr.org/post/source-education-america <p><strong>In the first segment:</strong></p><p></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 19:37:31 +0000 Paul Flahive 26303 at http://tpr.org The Source: Education In America 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 How Are Texas Schools Performing? New Accountability Ratings Tell Us http://tpr.org/post/how-are-texas-schools-performing-new-accountability-ratings-tell-us <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state has released this year’s school accountability ratings under the agency’s new rating system, which show 84 percent of all individual campuses and charter schools "met standard."</span></p><p>The new school accountability system, <span style="line-height: 1.5;">which was passed by the Texas Legislature during the regular session earlier this year,</span> was designed to make it easier for parents to understand how each school district and individual campuses measured up.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 16:01:04 +0000 Ryan Poppe 16360 at http://tpr.org How Are Texas Schools Performing? New Accountability Ratings Tell Us