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Special Needs Education
1:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Lawmaker Announces 2015 Education Choice Plan For Special Needs Children

Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

April is National Autism Awareness Month and state Rep. Ron Simmons, R-Carrollton, has announced plans for a bill in 2015 that allows special needs children to attend classes in a school district without living in that district.

New statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control show that 1 in 68 U.S. children have some form of autism; Simmons, who has a 29-year-old son with a form of autism, said that means 6,000 children annually in Texas will be affected.

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The Source - April 16, 2014
11:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

The Source: Cultural Identity And Academic Success

Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

Mexican-American studies courses were pushed to the back of the line; sometimes having no curriculum, as here in Texas, or being outright banned in states like Arizona.

Many academics and activists have argued for years that we aren't educating students about their independent cultures and are instead focusing on a predominant culture that focuses on the accomplishments of white Americans. But the changing demographics of Texas raised the issue to a fever pitch last week at the State Board of Education (SBOE).

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Minority Studies
11:55 am
Mon April 14, 2014

SBOE Takes Next Step In Creating Mexican-American Studies Class

Last Thursday, April 10, the Texas State Board of Education approved the creation of a new state elective course, which includes a class in Mexican-American studies. The board is now calling on book publishers to submit new textbooks for these courses.

School districts already had permission to create these special interest courses, but many districts wanted to give these courses some teeth.

Marisa Perez, an SBOE member from San Antonio, said that started with the creation of course standards.

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Texas Matters
3:34 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Did Gov. Perry Overstep Authority In Line-Item Veto Of Public Integrity Unit?

Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

Texas Matters: In the last legislative session Gov. Perry threatened to and then vetoed the budget of the state's public integrity unit, a state agency that scrutinizes governmental affairs, when the Travis County district attorney, who oversees the unit, did not step down from her post. A special prosecutor is now looking into the case. Also on this show: The governor's race and pre-K, new addition to Texas public school curriculum, cleanup of oil spill on Texas coast, and endangered species vs. oil prospecting.

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Civil Rights Summit
1:50 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

George W. Bush Closes Civil Rights Summit With Speech About Inequality In Education

President George W. Bush closed the Civil Rights Summit in Austin by focusing on how education and access to higher education can be the great equalizer for many people. Bush said he feared the soft bigotry of low expectations is returning

Bush detailed efforts by President Lyndon Baines Johnson that led to the signing of the Elementary and Second Education Act, which focused new funding on the lowest funding school district and creation of Head Start. Bush said despite those efforts, education in America is still not effectively equal.

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The Source - April 8, 2014
10:36 am
Tue April 8, 2014

The Source: Truancy Reforms Look To Keep Kids In School, Out Of Court

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Thousands of San Antonio kids are ending up in adult courtrooms over "Failure to Attend School" (FTAS) violations. In 2012, a third of all class C misdemeanors filed against minors were FTAS in Texas. The state saw 76,000 cases in courts that year, according to Texas Appleseed

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2014 Governor's Race
11:43 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Greg Abbott Visits SA To Discuss Pre-K Plan, Stands Behind Controversial Citation

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott discusses his education plan with the media at the IDEA Carver Academy on S. Hackberry Street in San Antonio.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Gregg Abbott appeared in San Antonio this week to tout his education plan just days after it was released to the public.

The first part of Abbott’s plan includes students in pre-K through the third grade (you can view the full plan here.)

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2014 Governor's Race
10:16 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Gubernatorial Pre-K Platforms: Davis Wants Expansion, All-Day Programs, Abbott Focuses On Quality

Louis Malfaro, treasurer of the Texas American Federation of Teachers, speaking at Lucy Reed Pre-K Elementary School in reaction to Greg Abbott's pre-K Campaign platform.
Ryan E. Poppe TPR News

Teachers who are endorsing Democrat Wendy Davis for governor say Republican Greg Abbott was wrong for calling it a “waste to expand access” to state pre-K programs. But there are some who agree with the idea that quality should come before quantity.

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Texas Public Schools
3:37 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

New Board Of Education Curriculum Plan Makes Algebra II Optional

This week Texas State Board of Education Chairwoman Barbara Cargill laid out how the new math curriculum standards work for Texas high school students.

There are some that still take issue with the absence of Algebra II from the list of required high school courses, and are looking for ways to add it back in 2015.

The SBOE decided to split the list of math courses between three years of required critical thinking math courses. During a student’s senior year, they would be allowed to pick a specialized math elective.

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Violence In Schools
3:46 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Certification Begins For First Class Of Texas School Marshal Trainers

State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, speaking to school marshal instructors at the training facility.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The first class of school marshal trainers gathered to begin their own training Monday at the Texas Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center in Maxwell, Texas, which is located northeast of San Marcos.

The group will then be in charge of training school marshals in schools throughout the state -- for schools that choose to participate in the program.

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