Education

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Last school year, Texas State Representative Diego Bernal visited every public school in his District 123. In a recent post on the website Medium, he shared some of what he heard from teachers on those 55 school visits. Bernal told Texas Public Radio’s Aaron Schrank he hopes that document will be a policy guide for legislative colleagues on both sides of the aisle, who he says talk a lot about how to improve education.

From Texas Standard:

Along with other Texas lawmakers,  state Rep. Diego Bernal, a Democrat from San Antonio, has been getting an earful from all sides on problems with public education in Texas.

But rather than taking someone else's word for it, he did what no other lawmaker has yet to do – he visited every single school in his district, 55 in all.

 


What if there was no homework for the entire school year?

A Texas teacher wrote a letter to parents of her second grade class telling them just that.

The Texas Education Agency is penalizing the New Jersey-based company that develops and administers the state's controversial STAAR tests to the tune of $20.7 million — over widespread logistical and technical issues reported with the spring administration, Education Commissioner Mike Morath announced Tuesday.

The problems caused thousands of students to lose answers to online standardized tests.

Judge Denies State's Request to Toss STAAR Suit

Aug 23, 2016
Photo illustration by Todd Wiseman / The Texas Tribune

After a group of parents sued the Texas Education Agency over the 2016 administration of STAAR exams, state lawyers argued this summer that the parents had no standing and asked the courts to drop the case.

This week, the first day of school for many Texas children, Travis County District Court Judge Stephen Yelenosky denied their request in a one-page order with no further explanation.

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