Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams visited San Antonio’s Toyota plant this week to engage professionals and state officials on how to implement new curriculum changes that offer career and technology opportunities.
Williams said he needs to understand what skills students need to possess before, during, and after high school.
The battle over how evolution will be presented for all public school students in Texas led to rallies and heated testimony during a State Board of Education meeting.
Much of the controversy has to do with a group of people who are proponents of "creationism" that are trying to alter the way evolution is presented in next year’s biology textbook, questioning the soundness of the theory.
Dan Quinn is with the Texas Freedom Network, the group that rallied against the alteration of the materials.
Texas, according to the Texas Education Agency, has seen a remarkable improvement in the number of students completing their high school education, from 9.4 percent dropping out in 2009 to 6.3 percent in 2012.
The process for screening Texas science textbooks has been contentious to say the least. Whether kids should be taught the "other" theories of creation in science textbooks is at the heart of the controversy.
The state has released this year’s school accountability ratings under the agency’s new rating system, which show 84 percent of all individual campuses and charter schools "met standard."
The new school accountability system, which was passed by the Texas Legislature during the regular session earlier this year, was designed to make it easier for parents to understand how each school district and individual campuses measured up.
Two Senate lawmakers and the chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court are asking the state to look into the possible disparity of minority children being criminally ticketed for misbehaving in the classroom.
"An estimated 300,000 misdemeanor tickets are issued in our state’s schools each year," said Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson. "We are criminalizing our children for non-violent offenses."