public education http://kut.org en Education Funding to Play Key Role in Texas Governor's Race http://kut.org/post/education-funding-play-key-role-texas-governors-race <p>The first time State Senator Wendy Davis made waves as a Texas lawmaker was during the 2011 legislative session when she filibustered a budget that cut four billion dollars in funding for public schools.</p><p>“It’s the first time that we’ve ever done this in state history and the funding of public education and it’s a cut that I simply cannot stand for," Davis said during that filibuster.</p><p>But stand she did, pushing the 2011 legislature into a special session, where the budget plan were eventually approved anyway with the cuts included.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:44:33 +0000 Kate McGee 9514 at http://kut.org Education Funding to Play Key Role in Texas Governor's Race Under HB 5, All Texas Schools Require 90 Percent Attendance Rate http://kut.org/post/under-hb-5-all-texas-schools-require-90-percent-attendance-rate <p>Earlier this year, Texas lawmakers passed a law (House Bill 5) reducing high school testing and&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/should-texas-students-be-required-take-algebra-ii-graduate">changing graduation requirements</a>. The changes don’t fully go into effect until next school year, but one portion was immediately implemented: new attendance requirements.</p><p>Right now, all high school students must attend at least 90 percent of classes to receive credit. If they attend less than 75 to 89 percent of class, then they must create a plan with their school principal to complete missed work and lessons. If students don’t take that step, they risk failing the class or grade, and must petition the district's school board to see whether or not they can advance to the next grade level.</p><p>But under HB 5’s new attendance requirement, all students – kindergarten through 12th grade – must meet that 90 percent attendance mark.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/123984685&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 14:39:47 +0000 Kate McGee 9328 at http://kut.org Under HB 5, All Texas Schools Require 90 Percent Attendance Rate So-Called 'Anti-American' Lesson Plans Available in Public Domain? http://kut.org/post/so-called-anti-american-lesson-plans-available-public-domain <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F103314248%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-s2adj" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p>School starts in three weeks and, for many school districts across Texas, there’s still some confusion over whether teachers can use a system of lesson plans. The so-called CSCOPE lesson plans <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/after-backlash-changes-store-cscope">drew fire over allegations </a>they promoted anti-American ideas. During the legislative session, Republican lawmakers announced Texas teachers would no longer use the plans and the non-profit, quasi-state agency that published them would cease to.</p><p>State Board of Education leaders say the controversy surrounding CSCOPE will most likely continue into the fall.</p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Kate McGee 8434 at http://kut.org So-Called 'Anti-American' Lesson Plans Available in Public Domain? HB 5 Architect Wants to Leave Implementation to Districts http://kut.org/post/hb-5-architect-wants-leave-implementation-districts <p>The author of the new state law overhauling many aspects of public education in Texas says he wants school districts to decide how to implement the new standards, not the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Board of Education.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Rep. Jimmie&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Aycock</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;(R-Killeen)&nbsp;</span>told the Board Friday that <a href="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&amp;Bill=HB5">HB 5</a> was crafted to give local school boards flexibility in establishing paths to graduation. But he’s concerned the SBOE will create too many requirements that will counteract the goal of the bill. He wants to leave it local school districts.</p><p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:53:07 +0000 Kate McGee 8384 at http://kut.org HB 5 Architect Wants to Leave Implementation to Districts Now That 'Ink's Dry' on HB 5, Future of Texas Education Bill Secured http://kut.org/post/now-inks-dry-hb-5-future-tx-education-bill-secured <p>Speculation over a major overhaul of public education in Texas ended today when Gov. Rick Perry signed House Bill 5.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The measure drops required standardized exams, known as the STAAR&nbsp;tests, from 15 to 5.</p><p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 21:02:16 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8063 at http://kut.org Now That 'Ink's Dry' on HB 5, Future of Texas Education Bill Secured Will Gov. Perry Veto House Bill 5? http://kut.org/post/will-gov-perry-veto-house-bill-5 <p>The future of high school graduation standards in Texas remains up in the air as Governor Perry considers whether to sign or veto <a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&amp;Bill=HB5">House Bill 5.</a>&nbsp;The legislation reduces the emphasis on standardized testing by lowering the number of end-of-course exams needed to graduate from 15 to 5. It also provides an alternative pathway to graduation that focuses on vocational education instead of college readiness.</p><p> Sat, 08 Jun 2013 00:33:21 +0000 Nathan Bernier 8052 at http://kut.org Will Gov. Perry Veto House Bill 5? 83rd Lege's Regular Session: What Happened, What Didn't http://kut.org/post/83rd-leges-regular-session-what-happened-what-didnt <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; ">It's been a whirlwind of an end to the 83rd Legislature's regular session, and with Monday's announcement of a special session, lawmakers aren't done.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; ">Here's a look at the deals reached and the measures that fell short during the 140 days of the regular session</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-famil Tue, 28 May 2013 15:54:37 +0000 Texas Tribune Staff 7904 at http://kut.org 83rd Lege's Regular Session: What Happened, What Didn't Agenda Texas: What's Left To Do? http://kut.org/post/agenda-texas-whats-left-do <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F91168000" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p>When the Texas legislative session started in January, lawmakers came to Austin with money to spend and a specific set of priorities.&nbsp;House Speaker Joe Straus laid out those goals during an opening press conference with Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David&nbsp;Dewhurst.</p><p> Tue, 07 May 2013 22:30:00 +0000 Ben Philpott 7651 at http://kut.org Agenda Texas: What's Left To Do? In Texas, Nixing Algebra II Not Out of the Equation http://kut.org/post/texas-nixing-algebra-ii-not-out-equation <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">As Texas re-examines what students should learn in order to earn a high school diploma, no part of the state’s curriculum has&nbsp;attracted more attention than a single advanced math course.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 15:36:20 +0000 Morgan Smith, Texas Tribune 7340 at http://kut.org In Texas, Nixing Algebra II Not Out of the Equation Texas Senate Considers School 'Voucher' Bills, Despite House Ban (Update) http://kut.org/post/texas-senate-considers-school-voucher-bills-despite-house-ban-update <p><b>UPDATE 5:59&nbsp;</b>The Senate Committee on Education heard SB 1575 this afternoon from educators and parents supporting the so-called voucher program that would give parents money to move their children from public to private schools.&nbsp;</p><p>The bill’s author Senator Donna Campbell of New Braunfels said that parents and students should have a choice in schooling and claim that failing public schools set back children across the state.</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 19:46:07 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues & Andrew Weber 7275 at http://kut.org Texas Senate Considers School 'Voucher' Bills, Despite House Ban (Update) Texas House, Senate to Iron Out Budget Differences http://kut.org/post/texas-house-senate-iron-out-budget-differences <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Texas lawmakers in the House and Senate will soon begin working out differences between their budgets.&nbsp;</p><p>The longest and probably most heated debate over the budget happened last Thursday. That’s when the House passed its amended version of the state spending plan for the next two years.</p><p>Every session, House and Senate members disagree on how much to spend and which line item should get how much funding. <a href="http://www.statesman.com/staff/kate-alexander/" target="_blank">Kate Alexander</a> said this session will be no different.</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 13:25:24 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 7259 at http://kut.org Texas House, Senate to Iron Out Budget Differences Texas Education Experts Weigh Proposals' Impact on Students http://kut.org/post/texas-education-experts-weigh-proposals-impact-students <p></p><p></p><p>The Texas Legislature is&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/2013/03/legislature-tackles-competing-education-bills/" target="_blank">debating bills</a>&nbsp;intended to help more students graduate from high school, by reducing the emphasis on standardized tests and increasing the&nbsp;emphasis&nbsp;on the kinds of education they need to be productive members of the workforce.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>This week, the House passed House Bill 5, which would let high school students take a path to college or take a route intended to lead them more quickly to work. The bill also would drop the number of STAAR exams from 15 to 5.</p><p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 12:44:08 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 7143 at http://kut.org Texas Education Experts Weigh Proposals' Impact on Students Texas House Passes Public Education Requirements Bill http://kut.org/post/texas-house-passes-public-education-requirements-bill <p></p><p>After roughly 9 hours of debate, Texas House lawmakers passed a bill that would change the requirements high students must meet in order to graduate. The House voted 145 to 2 in favor of the legislation authored by Republican <a href="http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=54" target="_blank">State Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock</a>.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Lawmakers debated amendments, and amendments to amendments, on the House floor Tuesday, as they decided the public education reform bill they’d send on to the Senate.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 12:06:24 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 7099 at http://kut.org Texas House Passes Public Education Requirements Bill Senate Passes Budget That Reverses Some 2011 Cuts http://kut.org/post/senate-passes-budget-reverses-some-2011-cuts <p>The Texas Senate approved a budget for the next two years today, one that would restore some of the cuts from two years ago.</p><p>A balanced budget is the one thing the Texas Constitution requires lawmakers to pass when they meet in Austin every two years.</p><p>Much of the attention this session is on funding for <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/will-surplus-revenue-go-public-education">public education</a>, which lost about $4 billion in the budget passed in 2011.</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 22:34:47 +0000 Trey Shaar 7024 at http://kut.org Senate Passes Budget That Reverses Some 2011 Cuts New AISD Elementary School Named After Former Teacher http://kut.org/post/new-aisd-elementary-school-named-after-former-teacher <p><strong>Update: </strong>The new elementary school being built in north Austin now has a name: Dr. Janis Guerrero Thompson Elementary. The Austin Independent School District Board <a href="http://www.austin.isd.tenet.edu/articles/trustees-name-new-north-central-elementary-school" target="_blank">voted last night to approve the name</a>.</p><p>Dr. Guerrero Thompson <a href="http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/statesman/obituary.aspx?pid=151689201#fbLoggedOut" target="_blank">was a native Austinite</a> who taught high school in AISD and later worked as the district’s Executive Director for Planning and Community Relations.</p><p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:00:14 +0000 Nathan Bernier & Laura Rice 6993 at http://kut.org New AISD Elementary School Named After Former Teacher Senate Panel Approves More Money for Public Schools http://kut.org/post/senate-panel-approves-more-money-public-schools <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">A panel of senators voted to put $1.5 billion in additional funding for public education in the two-year state budget on Thursday — including $40 million for pre-kindergarten programs, $20 million for the state's Virtual School Network and $4 million to support Teach for America.</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 18:55:24 +0000 Morgan Smith, Texas Tribune 6782 at http://kut.org Senate Panel Approves More Money for Public Schools 'Save Texas Schools' March Heads to Capitol Saturday Morning http://kut.org/post/save-texas-schools-march-heads-capitol-saturday-morning <p>"<a href="http://savetxschools.org/" target="_blank">Save Texas Schools</a>" will march to the Texas State Capitol tomorrow morning. The group hopes to encourage Texas lawmakers to support public education by restoring<a href="http://kutnews.org/post/agenda-texas-restoring-education-cuts" target="_blank"> funding cut from Texas schools</a> last legislative session.</p><p>The march will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Congress Avenue and Riverside Drive. The group will march north on Congress to the capitol. Fri, 22 Feb 2013 22:30:00 +0000 Bobby Blanchard 6708 at http://kut.org 'Save Texas Schools' March Heads to Capitol Saturday Morning Bastrop ISD 'Welcomes' Look Into Discrimination Charges http://kut.org/post/bastrop-isd-welcomes-look-discrimination-charges <p>In a <a href="http://www.bisdtx.org/default.aspx?name=NEWS.SuptOCR">letter to parents titled "BISD Welcomes OCR"</a>, Bastrop Independent School District Superintendent Steve Murray says his school district welcomes an investigation from the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR).</p><p>The investigation is over allegations that Bastrop ISD has practiced "class-wide discrimination" against African-American and Hispanic employees and students. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Bobby Blanchard 6619 at http://kut.org Bastrop ISD 'Welcomes' Look Into Discrimination Charges Tribcast: Breaking Down the Texas School Finance Ruling http://kut.org/post/tribcast-breaking-down-texas-school-finance-ruling <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 18.18181800842285px; ">On this week's </span>KUT<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 18.18181800842285px; ">/Texas Tribune </span>Tribcast<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 18.18181800842285px; ">, we go over </span><a href="http://kutnews.org/post/school-finance-ruling-favors-districts" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 18.18181800842285px; ">the Texas public school finance ruling</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 18.18181800842285px; ">, which includes a call to add around $10 billion to the state's school budget.</span></p><p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 16:34:51 +0000 Ben Philpott 6521 at http://kut.org Tribcast: Breaking Down the Texas School Finance Ruling AISD Transfer Deadline Today http://kut.org/post/aisd-transfer-deadline-today <p>Today is the <a href="http://www.austin.isd.tenet.edu/articles/aisd-accepts-school-transfer-applications-2013-14" target="_blank">deadline to apply</a> for priority school transfers in the Austin Independent School District for next school year.</p><p>Non-priority transfers to be considered during the first-round lottery selection are also due today. All applications need to be delivered in person to the Office of Student Services <a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;q=1111+west+6th+street+austin+tx&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=0x8644b513a20f7d97:0x8a769bdc16f3035c,1111+W+6th+St,+Austin,+TX+78703&amp;gl=us&amp;ei=WaIKUbaKGeil2AXYxYGQBw&amp;ved=0CDEQ8gEwAA" target="_blank">at the Carruth Administration Center</a> by 5 p.m. or postmarked by today’s date.</p><p>Applications that aren't received by today will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis when space is available at the desired school. All transfer requests for the fall of 2014 must be received by Aug. 12. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:07:23 +0000 Laura Rice 6418 at http://kut.org AISD Transfer Deadline Today