Texas Public Schools http://tpr.org en Lawmaker Announces 2015 Education Choice Plan For Special Needs Children http://tpr.org/post/lawmaker-announces-2015-education-choice-plan-special-needs-children <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">April is National Autism Awareness Month and state Rep. Ron Simmons, R-Carrollton, has announced plans for a bill in 2015 that allows special needs children to attend classes in a school district without living in that district.</span></p><p>New statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control show that 1 in 68 U.S. children have some form of autism; Simmons, who has a 29-year-old son with a form of autism, said that means 6,000 children annually in Texas will be affected.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:00:09 +0000 Ryan Poppe 30216 at http://tpr.org Lawmaker Announces 2015 Education Choice Plan For Special Needs Children 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 SBOE Takes Next Step In Creating Mexican-American Studies Class http://tpr.org/post/sboe-takes-next-step-creating-mexican-american-studies-class <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last Thursday, April 10, the Texas State Board of Education approved the creation of a new state elective course, which includes a class in Mexican-American studies.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> The board is now calling on book publishers to submit new textbooks for these courses.</span></p><p>School districts already had permission to create these special interest courses, but many districts wanted to give these courses some teeth.</p><p>Marisa Perez, an SBOE member from San Antonio, said that started with the creation of course standards.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:55:56 +0000 Ryan Poppe 30010 at http://tpr.org Did Gov. Perry Overstep Authority In Line-Item Veto Of Public Integrity Unit? http://tpr.org/post/did-gov-perry-overstep-authority-line-item-veto-public-integrity-unit <p></p><p><strong>Texas Matters:</strong> In the last legislative session Gov. Perry threatened to and then vetoed the budget of the state's public integrity unit, a state agency that scrutinizes governmental affairs, when the Travis County district attorney, who oversees the unit, did not step down from her post. A special prosecutor is now looking into the case. Also on this show: The governor's race and pre-K, new addition to Texas public school curriculum, cleanup of oil spill on Texas coast, and endangered species vs. oil prospecting.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:34:53 +0000 David Martin Davies 29885 at http://tpr.org Did Gov. Perry Overstep Authority In Line-Item Veto Of Public Integrity Unit? George W. Bush Closes Civil Rights Summit With Speech About Inequality In Education http://tpr.org/post/george-w-bush-closes-civil-rights-summit-speech-about-inequality-education <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President George W. Bush closed the Civil Rights Summit in Austin by focusing on how education and access to higher education can be the great equalizer for many people. Bush</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said he feared the soft bigotry of low expectations is returning</span></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:50:32 +0000 Ryan Poppe 29902 at http://tpr.org The Source: Truancy Reforms Look To Keep Kids In School, Out Of Court http://tpr.org/post/source-truancy-reforms-look-keep-kids-school-out-court <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thousands of San Antonio kids are ending up in adult courtrooms over "Failure to Attend School" (</span>FTAS<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) violations.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2012, a third of all class C misdemeanors filed against minors were FTAS in Texas. The state saw 76,000 cases in courts that year, according to <a href="http://www.texasappleseed.net/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=25&amp;Itemid=204" target="_blank">Texas Appleseed</a>.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:36:23 +0000 Paul Flahive 29681 at http://tpr.org The Source: Truancy Reforms Look To Keep Kids In School, Out Of Court Greg Abbott Visits SA To Discuss Pre-K Plan, Stands Behind Controversial Citation http://tpr.org/post/greg-abbott-visits-sa-discuss-pre-k-plan-stands-behind-controversial-citation <p>Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Gregg Abbott appeared in San Antonio this week to tout his education plan just days after it was released to the public.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The first part of Abbott’s plan includes students in pre-K through the third grade (<a href="http://abbotttownhall.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/EducatingTexansPreKThird.pdf">you can view the full plan here</a>.) </span></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:43:40 +0000 Joey Palacios 29408 at http://tpr.org Greg Abbott Visits SA To Discuss Pre-K Plan, Stands Behind Controversial Citation Gubernatorial Pre-K Platforms: Davis Wants Expansion, All-Day Programs, Abbott Focuses On Quality http://tpr.org/post/gubernatorial-pre-k-platforms-davis-wants-expansion-all-day-programs-abbott-focuses-quality <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Teachers who are endorsing Democrat Wendy Davis for governor say Republican Greg Abbott was wrong for calling it a “waste to expand access” to state pre-K programs. But </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">there are some who agree with the idea that quality should come before quantity.</span></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:16:37 +0000 Ryan Poppe 29301 at http://tpr.org Gubernatorial Pre-K Platforms: Davis Wants Expansion, All-Day Programs, Abbott Focuses On Quality New Board Of Education Curriculum Plan Makes Algebra II Optional http://tpr.org/post/new-board-education-curriculum-plan-makes-algebra-ii-optional <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week Texas State Board of Education Chairwoman Barbara Cargill laid out how the new math curriculum standards work for Texas high school students.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">here are some that still take issue with the absence of Algebra II from the list of required high school courses, and are looking for ways to add it back in 2015.</span></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:37:01 +0000 Ryan Poppe 29032 at http://tpr.org Certification Begins For First Class Of Texas School Marshal Trainers http://tpr.org/post/certification-begins-first-class-texas-school-marshal-trainers <p>The first class of school marshal trainers gathered to begin their own training Monday at the Texas Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center in Maxwell, Texas, which is located northeast of San Marcos.</p><p>The group will then be in charge of training school marshals in schools throughout the state -- for schools that choose to participate in the program.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:46:34 +0000 Ryan Poppe 28815 at http://tpr.org Certification Begins For First Class Of Texas School Marshal Trainers