June 21 was the deadline for Gov. Greg Abbott to sign bills, veto them, or let them take effect without his signature. Abbott vetoed a total of 42 bills and a number of line items in the state budget by the deadline. One veto of an education bill was especially noteworthy. That bill was SB […]
Private interests are spending a tidy sum this month on TV ads to sell the Legislature on their preferred education agenda. It is billed as bold reform. It actually would take our public schools backward. Fortunately, even as the ads keep running, better ideas are gaining ground at the Capitol.
For Allen Weeks, the news was heartbreaking. Two schools in his neighborhood, Webb Middle School and Reagan High School, were slated for closure by the state due to low academic ratings. He had worked for years on nonprofit initiatives to improve the quality of life in the area—a low-income neighborhood in northeast Austin—and the idea […]
This is the second in an ongoing series of profiles on the seven teachers in Houston ISD who are suing the district over the use of its Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS).
We are pleased to report that the budget bill signed by Gov. Abbott on June 20 will restore funding at long last for the program of tuition scholarships for educational aides who enroll in college courses to become teachers. This highly successful and effective program, whose budget was cut to zero in 2011, will receive […]
At the three-day Texas AFT convention in San Antonio that concluded Sunday, June 14, delegates elected as the state federation’s new secretary-treasurer Ray McMurrey, the president of Corpus Christi AFT. McMurrey won a two-year term to serve as Texas AFT’s second-in-command alongside President Louis Malfaro. Common themes connected President Malfaro’s “State of the Union” address […]
In a news conference on Feb. 9, Houston ISD Superintendent Terry Grier joined Houston-area educators and teacher union leaders in a call for school districts to adopt policies against workplace bullying.