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SBOE Gives Preliminary Approval to Revised Social Studies Standards

After a heated public hearing earlier this month, the State Board of Education (SBOE) held a special meeting on Monday and gave preliminary approval to minor revisions to the K-12 social studies curriculum standards. At the previous meeting, the board had directed TEA staff to bring forward amendments only to bring the standards into compliance with SB 3, the so-called...

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October Issue of Texas Teacher–News, Views, Tools You Can Use

The latest issue (http://docs.texasaft.org/publications/TTOct10.pdf) of Texas AFT’s main quarterly publication features a full menu of politics and policy news. In the October Texas Teacher you’ll find a report on the issues that divide the main candidates for governor and lieutenant governor. You’ll also see links to a lot more information...

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Still Need Motivation to Vote?

If you still need a reason to vote in the governor’s race, we invite you to consider the possible consequences of sitting this one out. Here’s a pertinent excerpt from a new article in Texas Monthly magazine about Gov. Rick Perry’s aspirations beyond the governorship: "Perry is positioning himself for...

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Sign Up for NEW Texas AFT Text-Message Alerts

Election day on November 2 is just around the corner. The early-vote period has already started and runs through Friday, October 29, so avoid the long lines and vote early. Check with your local county clerk's office for early-vote sites, and on Tuesday, November 2, vote at your usual polling...

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Educators Talk Back: Answering the Scapegoaters

The current wave of teacher-bashing may not have crested yet, but it has evoked a strong countercurrent of well-argued rebuttals from leading educators and education researchers. The latest case in point is the response to a recent "manifesto" published in the Washington Post on behalf of the superintendents of 16...

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Hearings on Bilingual Education, School Finance Show Fault Lines at Capitol

At two interim committee meetings this week in the Texas legislature, lawmakers rehearsed for debates to come in the 2011 session over bilingual education and school finance. Today’s Hotline will focus on the debate over bilingual education; an upcoming Hotline will consider the preview we obtained this week of lawmakers’...

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National Report Card on Fairness in School Funding–Texas Ranks Low

A new research report from the Education Law Center ("Is School Funding Fair–A National Report Card") grades the 50 states on the fairness of their school-funding systems. Most notable findings: Texas rates a C for fairness of funding distribution (measured by extra funding for districts that have more students with...

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