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12:15 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

No Child Left Behind Waiver Approved For Texas

TEA Commissioner Michael Williams.
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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has approved the Texas Education Commissioner’s request for the state to opt out of major sections of the No Child Left Behind Act.

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TDCJ Education
10:22 am
Mon September 23, 2013

New Education "Flex" Plans Could Help Reduce Recidivism In Texas Prisons

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State Board of Education member Thomas Ratliff is looking into how House Bill 5, a bill passed in the last legislative session that reduces standardized tests and creates multiple educational paths for public school students, can benefit convicted criminals who are locked up.

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Texas Education
3:24 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Education Commission Set To Approve New Charter Schools Under New Law

TEA Commissioner Michael Williams.
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Following several hearings on the issue and meetings with private charters, the Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams is ready to add nearly a dozen new charter schools to state system.

Under a new law first authored by state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, the state is able to raise the number of charter school contracts from the current 215 schools to 305 by 2019. 

Williams is wasting no time selecting a number of new schools allowed to operate in Texas. He said he was hit with 31 applications once the law took effect.

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Texas Education
1:17 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

The Testing Reform Push In Texas Is Not Over Yet

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The last legislative session saw changes to high stakes standardized testing in Texas, but many public school advocates say the reforms didn’t go far enough.

Starting in the Fall of 2014 Texas students will only have to take five standardized tests, which is down from 15. House Bill 5 passed unanimously in both the state house and senate – and was signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry. There was, however, another testing bill that also passed, but this one got different treatment from the governor.

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Texas Education
1:33 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Texas GED Test Streamlining In 2014

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The GED test will undergo significant changes beginning in 2014.

Each year, 700,000 people across the country take the GED test, but only 450,000 pass. In Texas, there are about 3 million adults without a high school diploma or GED. Starting on January 1st, the GED test in Texas will undergo some major changes.

GED Testing Service President Randy Trask said the number of sections in the test has gone down to four, and the exam has moved completely online. GED students will be able to sign up for the test online an only have to pay for the specific exam they need.

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State Board Of Education
11:34 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Review Panelist Says Cargill Is Interfering In Textbook Process

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The review process for next year's State Board of Education-approved biology textbooks has already hit several bumps along the way with controversial comments by reviewers about evolution and climate change, but now there are allegations about improper conduct by SBOE Chairwoman Barbara Cargill.

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Texas Public Schools
4:09 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

State Board Of Education Hears Public Comment On CSCOPE Lessons

State Board of Education public comment hearing.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Both sides of the CSCOPE argument spent hours testifying before a State Board of Education Committee on the social studies component of the online lesson plans.

Friday's meeting was to provide CSCOPE schools public input before a 170 member review committee begins looking at the online curriculum and makes necessary edits.

Once an edited version of the lesson plans is complete, CSCOPE will then be renamed the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skill Resource System.

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Texas Public Schools
12:59 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

State Judge Moves School Finance Trial Forward Despite Some Doubts

The Save Texas Schools rally on March 12, 2011, the year state legislators cut large chunks of funding to education.
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A Travis County District Judge has decided to move forward with the state’s school finance trial despite some wavering about re-opening the case.

Earlier this month Travis County District Judge John Dietz revisited an order to re-open the case, which takes a look at if the state is adequately funding public school districts.

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Texas Public Schools
3:47 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Conservative Websites Release CSCOPE Tests For This School Year

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A group of conservative activists have posted dozens of tests online connected to the controversial CSCOPE lesson plans, which will cost the operating group an estimated $1 million to replace them for teachers who are still using them for this year.

The Texas System of Education Service Centers, the group that developed and manage the CSCOPE lesson plans, has seen at least 30 tests connected from the system show up on two conservative-based websites, one of those is www.redhotconservative.com

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The Source - September 4, 2013
1:42 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

The Source: No Child Left Behind's Legacy | Texas And Prison Reform

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In the first segment:

No Child Left Behind had a controversial life. It was maligned from the right for seizing local control from school districts and boards and was was hit from the left for its punitive nature and its narrow focus on test scores.  

This is probably the reason why nearly 50 percent surveyed felt it had done nothing or been bad for schools as congress was ramping back up for reauthorization back in 2007.

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