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; the subject Algebra II is still the most hotly contested topic.
Northside Independent School District’s community bond meetings began Thursday in an effort to define the most critical needs for the largest school district in Bexar County. Their next bond issue is planned for 2014.
The city of San Antonio’s population growth is reflected in its most popular school districts, and NISD is no exception. NISD spokesman Pascual Gonzales says the district’s population of over 100,000 is growing by about 2,500 students a year.
This afternoon state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, is speculated to announce her run for governor of Texas. Yesterday, Texas Lyceum, a state nonprofit and nonpartisan leadership organization, released a poll that among other things showed only an 8 point difference between Davis and GOP frontrunner and Attorney General Greg Abbott.
Half of the respondents were still undecided, so what can we take from the poll?
Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 1:03 pm
While researching his buoyant, impassioned (and thoroughly subtitled) new book about education, I Got Schooled: The Unlikely Story of How a Moonlighting Movie Maker Learned the Five Keys to Closing America's Education Gap,M. Night Shyamalan suddenly found himself at the head of an inner-city school English classroom. And he was terrified. "Time stopped," he writes, "similar to when you are on a plane with turbulence that's supposed to last thirty seconds, but it feels like much, much longer."
University of Virginia professor Mark Edmundson thinks the very souls of our students are at stake when they are in the classroom. They will either love learning, discover things about themselves and what they could be, or they won't -- going so far as to dislike or even hate learning.
Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 9:30 am
Here's the latest dispatch from our country's changing classrooms: Overall, there were half a million fewer students nationwide enrolled in colleges between 2011 and 2012, but the number of Latinos enrolled in college over the same period jumped by 447,000. The numbers come from a recent U.S. Census Bureau report.
No Child Left Behind had a controversial life. It was maligned from the right for seizing local control from school districts and boards and was was hit from the left for its punitive nature and its narrow focus on test scores.
This is probably the reason why nearly 50 percent surveyed felt it had done nothing or been bad for schools as congress was ramping back up for reauthorization back in 2007.
"I've not heard you mention the turf because that is what it was about, the Turf," said our caller named Joe who described himself as of the era of the Ghost Town Gang and others that were the topic of our discussion. From the Olmos pharmacy to the far southside there were small-time gangs all across the San Antonio of the 50s and 60s. Now in their 70s these old men recount, some with bravado, the histories of their neighborhoods and gangs to Mike Tapia, associate professor of Criminology at UTSA. Tapia is conducting interviews, compiling for future generations the history of the barrios.
Fronteras: Any new immigration bill will include some measure of increased border surveillance, which doesn't sit well with people already fed up with federal scrutiny. As members of Congress begin their August break, many will be getting an earful from constituents about immigration reform. A college in Southern Nevada is struggling to meet the needs of its growing Latino student body. Part of the Navajo Nation has been slow to rebuild after a development freeze, which is affecting some of the poorest people on the reservation.