Texas Public Schools http://tpr.org en Senate Lawmakers Examine Ways To Solve Teaching Shortage In Texas http://tpr.org/post/senate-lawmakers-examine-ways-solve-teaching-shortage-texas <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ahead of the 2015 legislative session, state lawmakers are examining what can be done to address the state’s shortage of teachers.&nbsp; A</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;senate committee asked leading education officials to make recommendations on how to improve retention levels while maintaining quality educators.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:40:13 +0000 Ryan Poppe 35516 at http://tpr.org Senate Lawmakers Examine Ways To Solve Teaching Shortage In Texas State Judge Denies Recusal Of Judge In School Finance Trial http://tpr.org/post/state-judge-denies-recusal-judge-school-finance-trial <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">San Antonio Judge David Peeples <span style="line-height: 1.5;">has denied the attorney general's office motion to recuse </span>Travis County District Judge John </span>Dietz<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from the Texas school finance trial</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Much of Attorney General Greg Abbott's argument had to do with private email conversations between Dietz and attorneys representing the school districts about merits of the case.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:54:34 +0000 Ryan Poppe 33933 at http://tpr.org State Judge Denies Recusal Of Judge In School Finance Trial Decision Expected Today In School Finance Judge Recusal Hearing http://tpr.org/post/decision-expected-today-school-finance-judge-recusal-hearing <p></p><p>Attorneys in the school finance trial spent six hours arguing the intent of private emails at the presiding judge’s recusal hearing on Friday. The attorney general’s office is arguing that emails exchanged by the prosecution and Travis County Judge John Dietz show the judge is biased and should be removed from the historic case.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 18:46:18 +0000 Ryan Poppe 33865 at http://tpr.org Decision Expected Today In School Finance Judge Recusal Hearing Management Shakeup Following Border Patrol Use-Of-Force Scrutiny http://tpr.org/post/management-shakeup-following-border-patrol-use-force-scrutiny <p><strong>Fronteras: </strong>U.S. Customs and Border Protection is undergoing a shakeup following intense scrutiny over the Border Patrol’s use of force. Waves of unaccompanied Latino minors continue to make their way to Texas. What happens after they get here? The Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund is suing Texas, claiming the state has violated the civil rights of English language learners.</p><p><strong>Management Shake-Up at Customs and Border Protection Following Use of Force Controversies</strong></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:40:25 +0000 Crystal Chavez 33362 at http://tpr.org Management Shakeup Following Border Patrol Use-Of-Force Scrutiny 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 Two Laws Lead To Significant Drop In Student Ticketing At Texas Schools http://tpr.org/post/two-laws-lead-significant-drop-student-ticketing-texas-schools <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two new laws aimed at reducing the number of tickets students receive for things like disrupting class seem to be having a profound effect at Texas public schools. <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/06/03/texas-students-see-fewer-tickets-issued/" target="_blank">The Texas Tribune reports</a> that in one year t</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he number of misdemeanor tickets issued to students dropped by 71 percent.</span></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 15:24:47 +0000 Ryan Poppe 32904 at http://tpr.org Two Laws Lead To Significant Drop In Student Ticketing At Texas Schools Abbott Asks School Finance Judge To Recuse Himself From Case http://tpr.org/post/abbott-asks-school-finance-judge-recuse-himself-case <p></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:04:28 +0000 Ryan Poppe 32764 at http://tpr.org Abbott Asks School Finance Judge To Recuse Himself From Case Child Advocacy Group Says 60% Of Texas School Children Would Benefit From All-Day Pre-K http://tpr.org/post/child-advocacy-group-says-60-texas-school-children-would-benefit-all-day-pre-k <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Houston-based Children at Risk </span>spent a day at the capitol Thursday to update state lawmakers on the benefits of all-day pre-K programs.</span></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 15:03:18 +0000 Ryan Poppe 32583 at http://tpr.org Child Advocacy Group Says 60% Of Texas School Children Would Benefit From All-Day Pre-K Teachers Detail How Alternative Methods Have Helped Their Students http://tpr.org/post/teachers-detail-how-alternative-methods-have-helped-their-students <p>Beyond the reduction of standardized testing under House Bill 5, the House Committee on Public Education is also looking at using more of an innovative approach to teaching.</p><p>This week lawmakers heard details about how project-based learning and "flipped" classrooms have revolutionized the way students learn. A "flipped" classroom is when students are assigned a lecture video to watch at home so that class time can be dedicated to projects and activities based on that lesson.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 20:47:15 +0000 Ryan Poppe 31766 at http://tpr.org 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