Education

News about education issues in and around San Antonio.

Remember the MOOC?

Just a few years ago, the Massive Open Online Course was expected to reinvent higher education. Millions of people were signing up to watch Web-based, video lectures from the world's great universities. Some were completing real assignments, earning certificates and forming virtual study groups — all for free.

Surely the traditional college degree would instantly collapse.

For the series Tools of the Trade we've been thinking a lot about the iconic tools that some of us remember using — if only for a short time — in our early schooling.

AUSTIN — Officials say they won’t include math scores on state-mandated standardized tests for students in third through eighth grade when calculating this year’s state accountability ratings.

Education Commissioner Michael Williams said in a statement Wednesday that he’s spoken to numerous teachers who made it clear students will need “a transition year” to adjust to new testing requirements.

Texas House Attempts Ambitious School Funding Fix

Apr 8, 2015
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AUSTIN — An ambitious House proposal to fix the much-criticized way Texas pays for its public schools seeks to pour $3 billion extra into classrooms and reduce the state’s reliance on the so-called “Robin Hood” funding mechanism — even as a multiyear court battle continues to rage.

Unveiled Tuesday by the lower chamber’s leading schools expert, Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, the sweeping bill would increase per-pupil funding for 94 percent of the state’s 5.2 million public school students — with some school districts in wealthy areas, or those not currently collecting local property taxes at high enough rates, virtually the only ones left out.

RICHMOND, Texas — A Houston-area teacher faces unspecified discipline for allegedly giving students anti-Muslim documents during class. Officials with the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District say the handout, with references to terrorism and beheadings, was not approved by administrators.

Authorities didn’t immediately release the name of the teacher at Foster High School in Richmond or what discipline he faces. Some students showed the eight-page document to their parents, who complained.

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