Texas Public Schools

Texas Public Schools
7:57 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Groups Demand State Agency Stop Using Stun Guns & Pepper Spray On School Kids

A group of civil rights and social justice groups are calling on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers to ban school resource officers from being allowed to use stun guns and pepper spray against students.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas is one of the groups pushing to ban school police officers from using such practices, what the commission calls less-than-lethal tactics.

The plea comes after a high school student at Bastrop ISD’s Cedar Creek campus was "Tased" as he allegedly was trying to break up a fight between two other students.

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Texas Public Schools
1:53 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Education Commissioner Uses San Antonio Visit To Build Curriculum Recommendation

TEA Commissioner Michael Williams.
Christopher C. Leonard cc

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.

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Arts & Culture
3:53 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Spare Parts Fills A Local Educational Need For Art Supplies

Mary Elizabeth Cantu (center) and volunteers.
Chris Castillo

When the legislature chopped $5 billion out of the school budgets in 2011, it had an unexpected result here in San Antonio. An organization was created called Spare Parts.

"It was pretty painful, the cuts in education," said Mary Elizabeth Cantu, founder of Spare Parts.

So her organization tried to provide some of what the budget no longer did, art supplies.

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Education For Immigrants
10:49 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Congressman Castro Asks Abbott To Explain His Position On Texas DREAM Act

Joaquín Castro, here supporting his brother Julián at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, is putting pressure on Greg Abbott to explain his stance on the state's DREAM Act, a hot topic among conservatives in Texas.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Congressman Joaquín Castro, along with a handful of state lawmakers, are pressing Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott on his plans for the Texas DREAM Act.

DREAM stands for: Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors. The Texas DREAM Act would allow students without documentation to pay in-state tuition.  

At the start of Abbott's campaign for governor, he was asked if he supported the Texas DREAM Act.  Abbott dodged the question at the time but later released a statement saying that he felt the law was structurally flawed and needed to be reformed.

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TPR Events & Initiatives
2:50 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

KSTX Town Hall: Graduation Rates

Jim Mendiola

Join Texas Public Radio for a community dialog about San Antonio’s drop out problem and search for innovative solutions.

TPR and Our Lady of the Lake University are hosting a screening of the PBS short documentaries "Skipping Up" and "I Really Want to Make It." The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on education and dropout rates hosted by TPR News Director and "The Source" Host David Martin Davies.

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Texas Education
3:09 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

How Curriculum Standards Will Work Under New Education Law

TEA Commissioner Michael Williams.
Christopher C. Leonard cc

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has posted a draft of a how the curriculum standards will work with a new law creating multiple educational pathways for Texas students.

The new curriculum standards were created by House Bill 5 that passed during the 2013 regular session, it creates career-technical and college-ready pathways for students.  

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Texas Education
10:54 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Texas Textbook Battle Over Evolution Likely To Continue Until The Final Day

Flickr user Corey Seeman (cseeman) cc

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.

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2014 Election
1:25 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Campaign Brouhaha Over In-State Tuition For Students Without Documentation

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott at one of his first campaign stops in McAllen, Texas.
David Martin Davies TPR News

This week the Texas political world is buzzing over where Attorney General Greg Abbott -- the perceived GOP front-runner for governor -- stands regarding the issue of providing in-state tuition for students without immigration documentation.

The inquiry into Abbott followed the fallout in the lieutenant governor’s race, where Republican candidates picked each other apart over the issue. At a recent Austin event, Abbott ducked reporters’ questions, saying he was running late and had no time to talk.

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2014 Governor's Race
3:17 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Abbott Gets Down To GOP Basics At Realtor Association Campaign Stop

Greg Abbott delivers his remarks to the Texas Association of Realtors.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is the perceived front-runner on the Republican ticket for governor, spoke to the Texas Association of Realtors in Austin today, asking for their vote. 

Abbott steered away from the women’s issues he focused on during his speech in El Paso on Tuesday, and instead returned to more traditional GOP topics.

"I’m running for governor because I believe that your business and your future should be defined only by the size of your dreams not by the size of your government," Abbott said.

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The Source - October 7, 2013
12:01 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

The Source: Preventing Drop Outs

"Skipping Up," a film by Jim Mendiola that was shot in San Antonio, follows a class of students at Mark Twain Middle School.
Jim Mendiola

In the first segment:

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.

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