Education

From Texas Standard:

In Texas education, there always plenty of fodder still out there to spark outrage. Take a proposed social studies textbook titled “Mexican-American Heritage”submitted to the Texas Education Agency as required for review before appearing on bookshelves in the classroom.

Tony Diaz, an activist based in Houston and host of Nuestra Palabra on KPFT, says this book is the opposite of what activists and scholars, who have campaigned for more visibility of Latino stories in history, wanted to include in the Texas curriculum – in part because of its racist undertones.


"I'm giving you these comments because I have very high expectations and I know that you can reach them."

In one of the many experiments cited in Paul Tough's new book, Helping Children Succeed, a group of middle school students received this message on a Post-it note, attached to a paper their teachers were handing back.

The message of support and high expectations had a small positive effect on white students.

Houston ISD

The Texas Supreme Court says the public school finance system is broken but it's not un-constitutional.The state's GOP leader's hailed Friday's decision as a victory for tax payers but what about the school children?  The court's decision represents a departure from past school financing decisions.  What are the implications? Does this mean that the courts are no longer interested in taking on school finance issues for Texas schools? Guests

From Texas Standard:

Walk onto any historically Black college or university campus across Texas and you’re likely to hear calls from a Greek organization like Kappa Alpha Psi. That's one of the many Greek organizations established by African-Americans. Greek life is often strong at HBCUs and so is the emphasis on black identity, empowerment and leadership.

Ryan E Poppe

State lawmakers singled out a partnership between businesses and schools in San Antonio saying San Antonio Works is a good example of how private-public partnerships can help students become career and college ready.  

Career and college readiness was a focus of House Bill 5 which created so-called diploma programs. In eighth grade students identify a diploma program or area of focus for their high school studies. 

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