Education

Texas Public Schools
10:39 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Patrick And Ratliff Finally Face Off In CSCOPE Debate

Current state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, is running for lieutenant governor in 2014.
State of Texas

Sparks flew on and off the stage in Tyler, Texas, during the debate about online lesson plan provider CSCOPE between State Board of Education member Thomas Ratliff and lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick, both Republicans.

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North East ISD
9:27 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Bridging The Gap For NEISD Students On Wilderness Oak

A section of the 1,200 ft roadway and bridge to close the gap between the two ends of Wilderness Oak.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Bexar County and North East ISD have completed a new bridge in far north San Antonio to address flood control and cut time out of a route to school.

Wilderness Oak Road was split by a ditch, which caused flooding problems and a longer route to hwy. 281 and Tuscany Heights Elementary School from Canyon Golf Road.

Without the bridge, students were crossing the ditch to get to school.

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Education
6:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

How Pre-K 4 SA Got To Opening Day

The South Side model education center was completed in August 2013 and is one of two centers that will open its doors for the first year of the program.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

When Pre-K 4 SA opens its doors for the first time ever, there will be no school bell like there might be in a traditional school setting, but there will be a lot of excitement.

Pre-K 4 SA, which started as Mayor Julián Castro’s Brainpower Initiative, has been nine months in the making. Voters approved the measure in November with nearly 54 percent of the vote, which officially raised the city’s sales tax to the state cap of 8.25 percent.

The sales tax revenue will generate $31 million each year for the program.

National exposure

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Higher Education
12:27 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Universities Deal With $2.7 Billion Tuition Revenue Bond Shortage

Texas State University-San Marcos is putting two new buildings on hold due to the shortage in tuition revenue bonds.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

From the tail end of the regular legislative session until the last seconds of the final special session of the summer, 60 Texas colleges and universities held their breath wondering if Gov. Rick Perry would add legislation to provide an extra $2.7 billion in tuition revenue bonds to complete various projects on campuses.

Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, authored a bill with bipartisan support to cover the money, but Perry didn't add it to the special sessions.

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Texas Education
11:10 am
Mon August 19, 2013

CSCOPE Lives On In Llano Court Case

Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC)

On Friday Burnet County Judge Allan Garratt ruled that the case brought against Llano ISD for its use of the online CSCOPE lesson plans had no merit under current state law.

Garratt questioned whether the case against Llano ISD and its superintendent Casey Callahan had any merit because it did not prove injury based on the use of CSCOPE lesson plans.

Attorneys for Llano schools argued that this type of lawsuit must go through state court and must be argued by the attorney general and involve the education commissioner.

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Texas Education
3:21 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

What CSCOPE Ban Means For Teachers And School Districts

Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC)

On Friday a Burnet County judge will decide if Llano ISD can continue to use the CSCOPE lesson plans for the start of this school year.

The decision could have an effect on what happens in school districts across the state as educators and districts struggle with how to meet state standards for education without a curriculum framework that was tailored to meet those marks.

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Texas Education
9:14 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Tea Party Launches Offensive To Impeach Board Of Education Member

Thomas Ratliff, who represents District 9 on the Texas State Board Of Education.
State of Texas

State Board of Education member Thomas Ratliff, who is a Republican, has backed the use of online lesson plan provider CSCOPE from the beginning, but the groups making the push to impeach are not using that as their reason to oust him.

"They allege that because I represent Microsoft as a paid lobbyist at the Texas Legislature that that somehow disqualifies me or gives me a conflict of interest on the State Board of Education," Ratliff said.

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Texas Education
12:26 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Dewhurst Voices Support In Llano Suit Against Using CSCOPE Lesson Plans

Current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is facing several challengers in the Republican primary next year.
Dewhurst campaign video

Burnet County Judge Dan Mills has ordered a temporary restraining order to stop the use of CSCOPE, an online curriculum provider, in Llano ISD until a further ruling.

Leticia McCasland and Trevor Dupuy, both former Llano ISD School Board candidates who made ending the CSCOPE lesson plans part of their campaigns, filed a lawsuit to end the use of the curriculum provider in Llano ISD.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst praised the judge's order and called a press conference to highlight the temporary dismantling of the controversial online lesson plans.

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Gun Violence In Schools
11:24 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Already A Major Snag In School Marshal Program

The Protection of Texas Children Act passed this legislative session requires the program be established by Jan. 1, 2014.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) is creating the Texas School Marshal Program that passed during the past legislative session, but there is an issue with where the marshals will get their training.

The law takes effect in Sept. for the start of the school year, but TCLEOSE has until Jan. 1, 2014, to finalize the curriculum and find a series of locations willing to teach the course.

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Education & Technology
9:25 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Highlands Freshmen Begin Pathway To High-Tech Jobs

A screenshot of the first lession in CodeHS
CodeHS

Starting this year, all freshmen at San Antonio ISD's Highlands High School will learn how to code computer systems, the first program of its kind in Texas.

The web-based program that Highland is using is called CodeHS, but anyone can sign up to learn to code from home for a monthly access fee. Outside of the basic curriculum, the 400 incoming freshmen at Highlands will be required to take a course to learn the basics of coding.

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