Education

Pre-K in Texas
12:59 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

TEA Seeking Federal Grant To Expand Pre-K In Texas

The city of San Antonio's Pre-K 4 SA program, an all-day pre-K, graduated its first class in June of this year.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

The Texas education commissioner has informed federal officials the state intends to seek a $30 million grant that would expand pre-kindergarten opportunities. That would include increasing enrollment for non-English speaking students and possible all-day pre-K.

While the two gubernatorial candidates debate how pre-K should be run, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams wants to make sure Texas has the financial resources for increasing pre-K opportunities.  

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NPR Ed
8:03 am
Fri September 12, 2014

For Teachers, Many Paths Into The Classroom ... Some Say Too Many

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Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 12:16 pm

Hey, you there. You have a college degree? How'd you like to be a teacher?

Indiana has just approved a license that clears a new pathway to the teaching profession. It allows anyone with a bachelor's degree, a B average and approximately three years of related work experience to become a middle or high school teacher in a subject such as math, science or music, provided they pass a content test.

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Texas Public Schools
4:45 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Group Releases Study Detailing Problems With 2015 Social Studies Textbooks

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The Texas Freedom Network-released study shows the content in some of social studies textbook submitted to the Texas State Board of Education is deeply flawed and biased. The study points to problems with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills that publishers use as an outline.

The Texas Freedom Network’s Kathy Miller said their team of university professors found serious distortions of history on topics ranging from religion and democracy to free enterprise and affirmative action, which she said can be traced back to the social studies standards set by the SBOE in 2010.

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NPR Ed
4:21 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain On Music

Amir Pinkney-Jengkens, 8, is learning trombone through Harmony Project, a nonprofit that provides musical instruments and instruction to children in low-income communities. Recent research suggests that such musical education may help improve kids' ability to process speech.
Annie Tritt for NPR

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 10:55 am

Musical training doesn't just improve your ear for music — it also helps your ear for speech. That's the takeaway from an unusual new study published in The Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers found that kids who took music lessons for two years didn't just get better at playing the trombone or violin; they found that playing music also helped kids' brains process language.

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Higher Education
4:09 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

State Lawmakers Look To Get Foster Kids Better Support For Higher Education

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State lawmakers are looking at possible legislation in 2015 that would increase the number of foster care youth enrolled in college using a free tuition waiver. 

In 2013, high school graduation rates for foster care children were less than 65% and many of them age-out of the college tuition waiver provided by the state of Texas.

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Education
10:31 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Boating And Water Safety Added To Driver's Education Program

Still from Beautiful But Gone video: Dana Gage, whose son died from a diving accident, urges viewers to wear a lifejacket.
Credit Texas Parks and Wildlife

The Texas Education Agency has approved a parks and wildlife water safety program to educate young adults and teens who spend time boating, fishing, and swimming in Texas waterways.

The newest video centers around testimonials of parents that have lost their children in water-recreation accidents.

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Higher Education/Careers
2:22 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

St. Philip's Early College High School Part Of Growing Trend

The Bowden Building at St. Philip's College was the first on campus.
Joey Palacios TPR News

The early college high school movement is growing exponentially in Texas. There are more than 60 in the state and five are opening this fall in San Antonio alone. One of them is the St. Philip’s early college high school with SAISD.

Outside the Bowden Building in the middle of the St. Philips campus, teachers dressed in bright-orange t-shirts greet the incoming freshmen, who are wearing either white or blue. It’s the first day of class for the new school and the students are being welcomed by SAISD Superintendent Sylvester Perez.

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Texas Public Schools
12:38 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Updated: Judge Rules Texas School Finance System Is Unconstitutional

Educators and others rallied at the state capitol in 2011 when the Legislature cut $5.4 billion from the education budget.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

Update (4:05 p.m.): In his final decision, Travis County District Judge John Dietz said that the property tax system set up to fund school districts was ineffective at distributing funding equally to campuses across the state. 

Attorney David Thompson represents the largest number of schools in the lawsuit.

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Texas Public Schools
11:41 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Senate Education Committee Grills TEA On STAAR Writing Exam Standards

Texas Senate Committee on Education discuss STAAR writing test scores.
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State lawmakers took issue with the Texas Education Agency’s plan to keep the standard for writing component of the Texas STAARS exam at a lower level for a third year in a row. Lawmakers voiced concerns with keeping the lower standard and changing the exam while student performance  remains flat.

The state introduced the STAAR exams in 2011 and because of failing test grades the legislature reduced the number of exams from 15 to five in 2013.  

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio, said the STAAR exam may have run its course. 

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Higher Education/Careers
11:10 am
Wed August 27, 2014

UT Health Science School Of Medicine Best For Hispanics In U.S.

A student in the GME program works with a patient at the UTHSC School of Medicine.
Credit UTHSC School of Medicine

  

The UT Health Science Center has been named by Hispanic Business magazine as the top medical school for Hispanics in the U.S.

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