Education

3:48 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Can The Kashmere Stage Band's Thunder Soul Save Texas Schools?

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On Saturday the Kashmere High School Marching band, the modern day group of students carrying the name of the legendary Conrad O. Johnson-led award winning group of the late 60s, marched to lead the Save Texas Schools rally at the State Capitol in Austin to urge lawmakers to stop cutting funding to public schools and reign-in standardized testing.
With legislative discourse choking public education, activists, parents, and students descend on the capitol tomorrow for Save Texas Schools. The rally runs noon-1:30pm, but the march on state government begins at the Congress Ave. Bridge, 10:45am, led by the Kashmere HS Marching Band, descended from the famous Houston funkestra.
Texas Education
10:09 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Agenda Texas: Will Safety Bills Make Schools Safer?

Todd Wiseman/Texas Tribune

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 5:31 pm

The December school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut left the nation stunned and  grief-stricken – and scared it could happen again.

Texas lawmakers have filed a handful of bills they say could increase security for students and peace of mind for parents. But some say those bills are more show than substance.

"A couple of bills are obviously just designed to appeal to the NRA while making it appear that they’re trying to make schools safer, when in fact they wouldn’t," says Texas State Teachers Association spokesman Clay Robison.

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Texas Education
10:02 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Senate Bill Proposes Using Empty Classrooms For Charter School Expansion

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Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 5:12 pm

The head of the Senate Education Committee says 100,000 Texas families are on waiting lists for charter schools, and it's time to expand the number of charters and provide more funding. 

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Texas Education
9:04 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Barbara Cargill Named New State Board of Education Chair

Caleb Bryant Miller, Texas Tribune

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 4:31 pm

For the first time since 2005, the Texas Senate has confirmed someone to serve a full term as head of the State Board of Education. Barbara Cargill, a Republican from The Woodlands, was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry in 2011.

Cargill has supported a measure that requires students to question evolution. State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, says Cargill reassured him that she would not allow her religious conservatism to interfere with her leadership of the board.

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San Antonio Kids
12:35 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

How Your Kids Can Help Test New Exhibits At The Children's Museum

The 65,000 square feet of space at the new location on Broadway will be filled with new exhibits
The San Antonio Children's Museum

Groundbreaking on the new San Antonio Children’s Museum on Broadway gets underway in June, but leaders at the current facility downtown haven’t stopped adding new exhibits.

Three of them are now available: an imagination playground for building towns or vehicles, an improved bubble ranch, and a creative arts studio for children who want to paint the walls.

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Texas Education
6:36 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Martinez Fischer Pushes Legislature To Restore Education Cuts

Ben Philpott/KUT News

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 9:35 pm

The Texas legislature cut more than $5 billion from public education in 2011 to help balance the state budget. Then last month lawmakers were told previous revenue estimates were wrong – and that they had more than $8 billion left to spend on that budget.

Spending That Money

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Early Education
11:51 am
Wed February 13, 2013

President Obama Echoes Castro's Education Initiative: Pre-K 4 USA

President Obama's State-of-the-Union address focused mostly on economic issues, which included a push for universal pre-K.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

While President Barack Obama did not mention San Antonio or Mayor Julián Castro by name, he did talk about early education initiatives during his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

For a moment in the president's address, it seemed like one of Mayor Castro’s Pre-K 4 SA campaign rallies.

Obama: "Study after study shows that the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road. But today, fewer than 3 in 10 four year-olds are enrolled in a high-quality preschool program.”

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Texas Education
1:53 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Will Surplus Revenue go to Public Education?

The Texas Tribune

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 7:24 pm

One of the men who controls the state’s checkbook is leaving the door open to restoring some of the $5.4 billion in public education cuts enacted two years ago.

House Appropriations chair Jim Pitts took questions from lawmakers on the House floor today, including one from Austin Democrat Donna Howard.

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Texas Matters
12:02 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Texas Matters: The Story Of Education Funding Turns Another Page

The nine justices of the Texas Supreme Court in January 2013, Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson, who is from San Antonio, is seated in the middle.
State of Texas

Texas education funding is ruled unconstitutional, and Attorney General Greg Abbott is expected to appeal the case to the Texas Supreme Court. There are opposing views in the legislature on whether to immediately act to address the issue, or wait until the court forces it. Gov. Perry is causing a stir with his radio ads in California that try to lure companies to the Lone Star State, and one columnist from San Francisco says this is generating some interesting conversation.

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SAISD Tutoring
12:09 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Five Tutoring Companies Being Investigated For Fraud, Possibly More

San Antonio Independent School District

San Antonio Independent School District is investigating at least five tutoring services that may have committed fraud. The companies are accused of requesting money for providing services to SAISD students that may not have been tutored.

The five companies have received about $240,000 from SAISD, some of which may have been requested fraudulently.

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