Public Education

The Source - April 22, 2014
1:44 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Source: The Assault On Higher Education

The United States has fallen from its precipice of leader in graduation rates in higher education since the 1980s argues Suzanne Mettler in her new book, "Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream."

The public divestment of states has left many universities with less and less money, relying more and more on students to make up the difference. The result has been exploding costs and debt for students.

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2014 Governor's Race
9:41 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Davis Campaign Pressing Abbott On School Vouchers

Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

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.

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Government
5:57 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

National Day Of Action Draws Hundreds To State Capitol

Ryan Poppe TPR News

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.

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Fronteras Desk
12:10 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Hidden Pockets Of Poverty: College Towns, Suburbs & Public Schools

For many of the children at Killip Elementary School the food they get at school is the only food they will eat all day.
Laurel Morales Fronteras

Fronteras: A three-part series exploring hidden pockets of poverty: In college towns across the West, it's often a struggle to find both low-income and student housing. We explore a new trend of higher poverty rates in the nation's suburbs. As the number of poor students increases the amount of per pupil funding doesn't. We look at one public school district that's trying to do more with less. Also, a look at the unique challenges the children of migrant farm workers face when it comes to getting an education.

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Education
9:42 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Houston Program Connects Low-Income Students With Top Colleges

A whiteboard detailing college admission strategy at Emerge, a program in Houston, Tex., that encourages low-income, high-achieving students to apply to elite colleges. (Laura Isensee/KUHF)

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 3:08 pm

Recent research shows that as many as 35,000 high-achieving, low-income students don’t apply to top colleges even though they have the grades to get in.

With high tuition costs at these elite schools, many students and their families shy away from applying — even though financial aid options can drastically reduce the costs, or even let students attend for free.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Laura Isensee of KUHF reports on a program in Houston that’s trying to change that.

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Fronteras Desk
11:37 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Children Of Immigrants Living "In The Shadows Of The Slaughterhouse"

At the primary school in rural Noel, Mo., teachers and staff function as educators about as often as they do de facto social workers.
Abbie Fentress Swanson Harvest Public Media

Fronteras: How the Clark County School District, one of the nation's biggest school districts in Nevada, is scrambling to make space for students. The growth of meat packing plants in the rural Midwest has created an unforeseen challenge -- children in need of food, housing and education. The series "In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse" looks into the lives of immigrant families in the meat-packing industry.

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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 Legislature - Education
12:01 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Texas Education Getting A Major Makeover With Signing Of New Bills

Flickr user biologycorner (Shannan Muskopf) cc

Parents, students and several lawmakers crowded into the governor's press room to witness Gov. Rick Perry signing legislation into law that changes the state’s public education system. 

While there were a handful of bills on hand, the one that stood out most was a bill that reduces the number of high-stakes exams students are required to take from the current 15 standardized tests down to five.

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Texas Education
2:57 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

83rd Legislature Made Strides In Education Funding, But Were They Enough?

Save Texas Schools rally in March 2011 outside the state capitol.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Both parties in the school finance battle have been called back to court to review what has happened in the legislative session, which could lead to an official decision.

Travis County District Judge John Dietz made an initial ruling that  the way Texas funds public schools was unconstitutional, but did not make that ruling official, instead waiting to see what happened during the legislative session.

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Texas Legislature
4:47 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Senator's Late Budget Changes Upset Both Sides Of The Aisle

As in 2011, public education funding is a major issue at the state capitol.
Flickr user Phil Ostroff cc

Last-minute changes to House Bill 1025, a spending bill that has been the glue for the Texas budget, is now causing things to fall apart.

Lawmakers in the Texas House said they are shocked by the changes tacked on to a supplemental spending bill still awaiting a final vote, and have said they will not send the legislation to Gov. Rick Perry’s desk.

Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, said Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, has broken their agreement regarding an additional $200 million in education funding.

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