From the Legislative Hotline

Texas AFT Testifies on School Governance—Beware of Top-Down Fads, Be Open to Community Schools

At a Texas House Public Education Committee hearing on school governance today, Texas AFT advised lawmakers to be wary of “magic bullet” fads imposed from the top down by education bureaucrats in Washington or Austin or by local elites. Texas AFT legislative spokesman Ted Melina Raab urged committee members instead to support initiatives coming up from the grass roots—from the parents, teachers, … [Read More...]

“The Tide on Testing is Turning”

National groups representing big-city superintendents and state education commissioners have responded to criticisms of the widespread overuse and misuse of standardized achievement tests by vowing to evaluate their testing requirements, with an eye toward eliminating tests deemed to be of poor quality or simply redundant. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten offered these … [Read More...]

House Public Education Committee Hearing on School District Takeovers Comes Up on October 16

We have learned that some controversial policies involving the takeover of local school districts are likely topics for discussion at the October 16 hearing of the Texas House Public Education Committee, recently announced on unusually short notice. One of the scheduled witnesses will be former state Rep. Dee Margo, an El Paso Republican who is now president of the state-appointed board of … [Read More...]