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The Source - September 11, 2014
11:39 am
Thu September 11, 2014

The Source: How To Get Foster Youth Through College

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Nationwide, while 70% of foster youth say they want to go to college only 3% ever graduate from a post-secondary school.  

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Texas Public Schools
4:45 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Group Releases Study Detailing Problems With 2015 Social Studies Textbooks

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The Texas Freedom Network-released study shows the content in some of social studies textbook submitted to the Texas State Board of Education is deeply flawed and biased. The study points to problems with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills that publishers use as an outline.

The Texas Freedom Network’s Kathy Miller said their team of university professors found serious distortions of history on topics ranging from religion and democracy to free enterprise and affirmative action, which she said can be traced back to the social studies standards set by the SBOE in 2010.

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Texas Matters
2:09 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Continuing Reaction To The Texas School Finance Ruling

If the Texas Supreme Court upholds the ruling, it will be up to the Legislature to pass school finance reform.
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Texas Matters: Groups and politicians from across the state are all having their say in yesterday's ruling in the Texas school finance case. We hear from a MALDEF attorney, a conservative policy analyst and two legislators on the Senate Committee on Education.

Big issue, big decision

School districts throughout the state are applauding a court ruling that may eventually lead to an overhaul of the way Texas pays for schools.

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2015 Legislative Session
12:58 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Teachers, Business Groups Want Different Action Following School Finance Decision

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Texas teacher trade associations are calling on state lawmakers to begin drafting a budget that addresses yesterday's decision in the school finance trial. But one state business group has a different stance.

Travis County District Judge John Dietz ruled the school finance system was unconstitutional, saying it leaves schools in lower income areas at a disadvantage and "cannot provide a constitutionally adequate education for all Texas schoolchildren."

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The Source - August 28, 2014
1:49 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

The Source: Standardized Testing In Texas

As Texas students head back to school they are also heading back for another year of high-stakes standardized testing.

The number of required tests are being rolled back, but the school year is still driven by the tests.

And many have reached the conclusion that the testing system is broken.

Once again the Texas Education Agency has declined to raise the standards for the tests, and that's being seen as an admission of failure for the whole testing scheme.

What do you want to see happen with standardized testing?


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Texas Public Schools
12:38 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Updated: Judge Rules Texas School Finance System Is Unconstitutional

Educators and others rallied at the state capitol in 2011 when the Legislature cut $5.4 billion from the education budget.
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Update (4:05 p.m.): In his final decision, Travis County District Judge John Dietz said that the property tax system set up to fund school districts was ineffective at distributing funding equally to campuses across the state. 

Attorney David Thompson represents the largest number of schools in the lawsuit.

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Texas Public Schools
11:41 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Senate Education Committee Grills TEA On STAAR Writing Exam Standards

Texas Senate Committee on Education discuss STAAR writing test scores.
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State lawmakers took issue with the Texas Education Agency’s plan to keep the standard for writing component of the Texas STAARS exam at a lower level for a third year in a row. Lawmakers voiced concerns with keeping the lower standard and changing the exam while student performance  remains flat.

The state introduced the STAAR exams in 2011 and because of failing test grades the legislature reduced the number of exams from 15 to five in 2013.  

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio, said the STAAR exam may have run its course. 

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The Source - August 18, 2014
11:38 am
Mon August 18, 2014

The Source: High-School Steroid Testing May End In Texas


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Last year Texas tested 2,633 high school athletes for anabolic steroids at a cost of $500,000. It found zero positive tests.

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The Source - August 12, 2014
12:02 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

The Source: Keeping Kids Out Of Court For Truancy

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Depending on where you go to school, getting caught skipping repeatedly in San Antonio could mean anything from a slap on the wrist to a day in court. The disparity in how school districts addressed the problem plaguing the city concerned many. 

A task force composed of city, county, and state lawmakers, as well as school officials, was formed to address the problems of truancy in San Antonio. One of the chief goals was to address the root causes and keep kids out of a courtroom.

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Texas Public Schools
12:36 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Decision In School Finance Trial Could Come Down This Week

During the 2011 legislative session, educators and others opposing cuts to the education budget rallied at the state capitol.
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It’s been close to six months since more than 600 school districts in Texas finished making their argument that the current school finance system is unconstitutional.

Some close to the trial, speaking on condition of anonymity, say they believe Travis County District Judge John Dietz may render a decision as soon as this week.  In January 2013, Dietz ruled that the the school finance system in Texas was unconstitutional.

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