Education

Texas Legislature - Education
2:31 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Van De Putte Helping Streamline G.I. Bill Assistance For Veterans

Office of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

The Texas Senate has passed a bill that will help veterans more easily access their education funds under the G.I. Bill.

SB 1158, The Hazelwood Act, was designed to ensure veterans and their children that they would be exempt from specific tuition and fees at public institutions of higher learning in the State of Texas.

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Texas Legislature - Education
9:16 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Passage Of Senate Bill Could Change How State Evaluates Teachers

The Save Texas Schools rally on March 12, 2011.
Flickr user Phil Ostroff cc

Unlike its House companion, Senate Bill 1403 does not rely heavily on test scores taken from high-stakes exams to evaluate teachers.

Originally the bill included a provision that mandated 25 percent of a teacher's evaluation was directly related to students' grades on the state’s end-of-course exams.

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Texas Legislature
3:58 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Senate Passes Joint Resolution To Use Rainy Day Fund For Water, Roads & Education

Though the joint resolution passed, there is some concern about using the money for roads.
Eileen Pace TPR

A Texas comptroller report has spurned lawmakers to approve a measure that will provide about $6 billion for roads, water and education.  

In the report, Comptroller Susan Combs said the last bienum revealed a higher than expected rise in property tax revenues, which the state could use to help fund school districts.

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Texas Legislature - Education
2:14 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Senate To Vote On House Bill Reducing Number Of State-Mandated Exams

Education has been a hot topic this year at the capitol.
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Following the passage of House Bill 5 out of the Senate Committee on Education, Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, the chairman of the committee, chided the businesses and media outlets who have alleged that lowering the number of state-mandated end-of-course exams would dumb-down public school curriculum.

Patrick said nothing could be further from the truth.

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The Source - April 17, 2013
6:34 am
Wed April 17, 2013

The Source: Do Students In Texas Take Too Many Standardized Tests?

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In the first segment: 

San Antonio state Rep. Mike Villarreal is the author of a bill being considered to reduce the number of standardized tests. Also joining us is Jim Windham, chairman of Texas Institute for Education Reform.

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Texas Legislature - Education
1:41 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Senate Passes Charter School Bill With Bipartisan Effort

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Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, got another win for open-enrollment charters schools and vouchers on Thursday as the bill, which would raise the number of charter schools to 215 by 2014, got little to no opposition, and even got some help from across the aisle.

The bill also calls for that number to be raised to 331 by 2019.

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University of Texas
4:12 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

UT Regents To Hold Special Meeting Thursday

Daniel Reese for KUT News

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 8:13 am

Update: UT's Board of Regents is scheduled to meet this morning to consider whether to release investigative records to the Texas Legislature.

Texas lawmakers have been requesting the release of emails and other documents in a public standoff raising tension between the Capitol and the regents. 

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Higher Education
3:17 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

UTSA Names Student Center In Honor Of H-E-B

UTSA President Ricardo Romo next to a giant shopping cart with some horsepower.
Eileen Pace TPR

UTSA has renamed its student center the "H-E-B University Center" in thanks for the company's extensive contributions to the university's capital campaign.

Last week UTSA announced the receipt of a $5 million gift and the creation of the H-E-B Faculty Research Excellence Fund, which brings H-E-B’s overall support to more than $7 million.

The $5 million was matched by other private gifts to total $10 million for endowed professorships and chairs in all of UTSA’s nine colleges. It is the largest private challenge gift in UTSA history.

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School Vouchers
2:31 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Cardinal Testifies In Favor Of School Voucher Bill, Still Unlikely To Pass

With the House banning voucher funding for private and charter schools, it is very unlikely that this new effort will yield any results.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston, testified in favor of Sen. Dan Patrick's bill that provides students with tax credits or vouchers to attend a private school.

"We have parents who are committed to their child’s education and want to get them out of poor performing schools," DiNardo said. "How could any of us look these parents in the eye and say that their children should be denied an opportunity for a better future simply because the system we have now, which in many cases is failed, is the only option we are going to allow them."

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Local School Districts
11:07 am
Tue April 9, 2013

San Antonio ISD Names Finalist For Superintendent Position

Manuel Isquierdo - Courtesy Photo
SAISD

San Antonio Independent School District has named Manuel Isquierdo, who is currently the superintendent of Sunnyside Unified School District in Tuscon, Ariz., as the finalist for the superintendent position.

It’s been more than a year, but trustees finally made the decision at a special board meeting on Monday night. Isquierdo was the only one of three candidates called back for a second interview.

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