12:41 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Will Ed. Commissioner Stay In Job?

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 Public education will be at the top of the list of priorities for Governor-elect Greg Abbott in the coming legislative session.  But Wednesday on TPR’s "The Source," Texas Education Commission Michael Williams told David Martin Davies that it’s unclear if he will remain in his post.

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The Source - December 17, 2014
11:57 am
Wed December 17, 2014

The Source: Challenges In The Texas Education System

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Governor-elect, Greg Abbott has touted education as one of his key areas when he takes the reigns next month. Texas ranks nearly last--46th out of 50--in per student spending on education, and dead last in the percentage of residents with a high school diploma. 

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11:03 am
Sun December 14, 2014

A For-Profit College Tries The Charter School Market

ITT Technical Institute's Early College Academy campus in Troy, MI.
Nicole Elam/ITT Technical Institute

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 10:14 am

Starting this past spring, parents in Indianapolis; Troy, Mich.; Jacksonville and Tampa, Fla.; and Houston, Texas, heard about a new option for their children's last two years of high school.

In each city, a charter school called Early Career Academy planned to offer students the chance to earn associate degrees, either in network systems administration or software development, alongside their high school diplomas. Students were offered laptops to work on and ebooks to use. All for free.

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4:20 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

In A First, Brackenridge To Pilot New Early College High School Model

SAISD approves sending application to TEA on the creation of a pilot early college high school
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Brackenridge High School will soon debut an elite first for the San Antonio region — it will contain an early college high school, one that would provide its students with the opportunity to earn an Associates’ degree or get 60 hours of college credit prior to graduating school. However, unlike its fellow ECHS providers, it will still retain all the staples of traditional high school life, like athletics, and football.

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50 Great Teachers
12:03 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

What The Movies Taught Us About Teaching

Denzel Washington in The Great Debaters.
The Kobal Collection

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 1:09 pm

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7:02 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

South San School To Axe All 33 Teachers, Principal, Deputy For School’s Non-Performance

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A middle school in the South San Antonio Independent School District will have to hire a completely new team of teachers, after it failed to meet state standards for more than two years.

South San’s Dwight Middle School has had an ‘Improvement Required’ rating from the Texas Education Agency for two years and now has to go through a formal reconstitution process. While that term means something different for each school, South San District Communications Director, Ed Suarez, said for Dwight that meant that all 33 teachers, the Principal, and the Vice Principal, would be let go.

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The Source - November 12, 2014
11:51 am
Wed November 12, 2014

The Source: For-Profit Colleges Sue Feds

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Late last month the U.S. Department of Education revised rules in its Higher Education Act of 1965, to force most for-profit colleges to ensure graduates are prepared for "gainful employment in a recognized occupation."

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6:18 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Q&A: Lamar Alexander On Education In The New Congress

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., waves after speaking to supporters on Nov. 4 in Knoxville.
Wade Payne AP

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 1:45 pm

Higher education, preschool funding, the Common Core and the future of No Child Left Behind are just a few of the education policies that will be in play under the new Republican-controlled Congress. How will these things change? We called Sen. Lamar Alexander to ask.

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8:03 am
Sat November 8, 2014

5 Great Teachers On What Makes A Great Teacher

LA Johnson NPR

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 12:47 pm

When we began our 50 Great Teachers series, we set out to find great teachers and tell their stories. But we'll also be exploring over the coming year questions about what it means for a teacher to be great, and how he or she gets that way.

To get us started, we gathered an expert round table of educators who've also done a lot of thinking about teaching. Combined, these teachers are drawing on over 150 years of classroom experience:

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The Source - October 22, 2014
12:22 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

The Source: Teaching, A Most Embattled Profession

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Battles in education rage on lots of fronts: Common Core, teacher tenure, charter schools, vouchers, and standardized testing. Hot-button topics that pit students and parents  against teachers, teachers against administrators, politicians against unions and each other, and all over the best way to educate kids.

While these are today's favorite points of contention you might be surprised to hear that they are nothing new. 

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