The Texas Education Agency has identified a list of properties within the Houston Independent School District boundaries whose taxes could be sent to a poorer district, namely Aldine ISD, as part of the state’s so-called Robin Hood system of school finance.
For decades, public schools across North Texas have endured demographic changes – from integration, then busing and white flight, followed by waves of immigration, economic troubles and competition from charter and private schools.
For years now, Texas school districts have followed a keeping-up-with-the-Joneses approach to new construction, where one district after another takes on more debt than it can afford to have all the amenities its neighbors have.
Tuesday’s confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary gave a significant boost to school choice advocates around the country. DeVos was among President Donald Trump’s more controversial cabinet nominees in part because of her strong support for school choice alternatives, including voucher programs.
Hundreds of Texas primary and secondary teachers lost or surrendered their teaching licenses since 2010 after being investigated for improper relationships with a student. More than half were never criminally charged.
Texas public school students of any income bracket could receive some state money to help them switch to private schools under an “education savings accounts” bill unveiled by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Senate Republicans on Monday.
Texas students will continue to learn theories that challenge the scientific understanding of evolution after the State Board of Education signed off Wednesday on a preliminary version of the state’s pared-down biology curriculum.
A day before voting on changes to science standards, the State Board of Education heard from a line of scientists urging removal of language they say challenges evolution — and a handful of those in opposition.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott took to Twitter Tuesday morning to outline his vision for the governance of Texas. He began with statements about the role of government and concluded with a rally cry for Texas autonomy. But at the center of his comments was something else: School Choice.
The largest provider of scholarships subsidizing private school tuition for low-income Colorado students is launching an expansion just as the role of private schools in U.S. K-12 education is being thrust into the spotlight in the early days of Donald Trump’s presidency.
Dallas ISD’s board of trustees is joining a growing list of Texas school boards to sign a resolution protesting the call for school vouchers in the Texas Legislature and the rollout of A-F campus ratings by the Texas Education Agency.