The race for the next governor of Texas has already hit on controversial issues like reproductive rights and the future of Medicaid, but public school funding is also making its way into the discussion, and in particular, school vouchers.
Vouchers work like this: A state assigns each school-age child an amount of money that they can spend how they want. They can take it to their local school district, or take it to a private religious school or a charter school.
Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has been meeting one-on-one with school superintendents, hoping to design a template for teacher evaluations.
As part of an agreement Williams reached with the U.S. Department of Education in order to opt out of the federal No Child Left Behind program, Williams must design a solution for how schools evaluate teachers by May 2014.
"I am talking to superintendents and I am pleased, quite frankly, for teachers to be evaluated and to some degree, student growth be a part of that evaluation," Williams said.
A new poll released this week shows Texans strongly support reforming how the state punishes non-violent drug offenses. The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice polled over 1,000 people about how Texas currently punishes non-violent drug offenders with prison time vs. drug rehab and probation.
A Texas lawmaker is reminding teachers and school administrators about his new law that legally protects a school wishing to celebrate winter religious holidays.
Nonprofit groups like Texas Values and even Santa Claus himself stood by supporting state Rep. Dwayne Bohac, R-Houston, and the law he passed that provides teachers and school administrators the legal protection of the attorney general’s office when celebrating holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah.
The San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, the world’s largest breast cancer conference, gets underway on Tuesday, where more than 7,000 physicians and researchers from countries across the globe will witness groundbreaking presentations.
Breast cancer news coming out of this symposium is so rapid that organizers plan multiple press conferences for media around the world to get the stories. Often researchers will complete important research projects just before the meeting, so the findings can be presented here.
Hundreds of people from civil rights groups to teacher unions gather on this national day of action to issue a failing report card for Texas' state and federal lawmakers.
Over 300 people braved the freezing temperatures to let their voices be heard about how they dissatisfied with lawmakers in Washington, D.C., and at the state capitol. The Texas State Teachers Association’s Clay Robinson said he would ask lawmakers to reconsider three key areas.
The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and the Methodist Healthcare System have announced an affiliation agreement for a children’s hospital in the Medical Center.
The two organizations issued a joint statement late this afternoon indicating they have agreed on all major aspects of their relationship and are moving forward to obtain regulatory approval for their agreement.
Earlier this week we told you about C’est La Vie Baking (see related story below), which was broken into on Monday, and today was their grand opening.
The burglary didn’t stop the entrepreneurial spirits of Eric Lowe and Taylor Becken, the owners of the bakery. At least 80 people showed up with canned food in hand, a request by the two owners to benefit the food bank. Lowe said the burglary was an eye opener but after taking to social media, the help and community support came pouring in.