Texas Universities
12:36 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

These Days Most Students Don't Graduate In Four Years

Janine Khammash KERA News

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 7:03 pm

At public universities in Texas, only 1 in 4 full-time freshman graduates within four years. That's obviously a problem for students -- and with Texas legislators considering a bill that would increasingly link state funding to graduation rates, it's a pressure point for colleges, too.

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Texas Legislature
2:38 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Are Texas Public Schools Criminalizing Children By Ticketing Students For Misbehavior?

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Two Senate lawmakers and the chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court are asking the state to look into the possible disparity of minority children being criminally ticketed for misbehaving in the classroom. 

"An estimated 300,000 misdemeanor tickets are issued in our state’s schools each year," said Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson. "We are criminalizing our children for non-violent offenses."

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Texas Education
3:34 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Texas Education Commissioner Campaigns For Reducing High-Stakes Exams

Michael Williams photo from 2009 when he was the Texas Railroad Commissioner
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State Education Commissioner Michael Williams has been campaigning over the weekend to reducing the number of high-stakes exams required for graduation. 

At a business luncheon put on by the Texas Association of Businesses, Williams spoke about reducing the number of end-of-course exams from the current number of 15 tests.

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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.
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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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