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.
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.
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.
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.
Officials with the Texas Education Agency say 8th graders this year will be allowed to use calculator apps on a tablet during the math portion of their State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness end-of-course exam.
While to some it may not seem like a big deal, Debbie Ratcliffe with the TEA says it is, especially considering that no other standardized tests allow the use of apps during testing.
When House Bill 5 passed last year it signaled yet another change in course for public education in Texas. Texas House and Senate members will take another look next Wednesday at the standards they passed last year and how the State Board of Education has implemented them.
In the coming week, lawmakers will begin examining curriculum standards set by the Texas State Board of Education under House Bill 5, a law passed in 2013 that provides more flexibility and pathways for student growth, and there is an effort to add more rigorous courses in math and science.
From its very conception, higher education officials and some within the business community have taken issue with HB 5 because it dropped student requirements for taking courses like Algebra II.
Federal education officials have denied a state waiver that would have eliminated the need to test eighth grade students' math skills more than once -- the denial is related to provisions in House Bill 5 that reduced the overall number of end-of-course exams.
Wendy Davis says her education policy will contain a greater use of technology even amongst poorer school districts -- the Democratic nominee for governor was one of the keynote speakers at this week’s South by Southwest Education conference.
In a packed room at SXSWedu in Austin, Davis provided a sneak peak at another component to her education platform: Innovation and technology.