Topic: Higher Education

At Issue: Graduation Standards, Teacher Shortages

The Texas Senate’s committees on education and higher education met jointly March 29 to look at the effects of recent changes in state graduation requirements and options for addressing teacher shortages in fields such as bilingual and special education. At the urging of parents, educators, and a concerned public at large, the Texas legislature has scaled back the number of...

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Texas House Committee Hears Testimony on College Access

A wide-ranging hearing of the Texas House Committee on Higher Education touched on many aspects of college access, with emphasis on the role of community colleges in making higher education accessible and affordable. The committee was especially interested in the pros and cons of developing baccalaureate-degree programs at community colleges. Among several other topics discussed was the growth of dual-credit...

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Education Issues Headed for Legislative Hearings

The legislature is not in session, but interim committees are getting busy. Four hearings coming up next week will bear watching. They are: House Public Education Committee, Tuesday, February 9: The committee will review current state education policies and initiatives regarding middle grades. The hearing will include an examination of school-based strategies and best practices that encourage at-risk youth to...

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Upcoming State Legislative Hearings of Note

A meeting of the House Higher Education Committee has been scheduled for January 20 to consider the new higher-education strategic plan for Texas as proposed by the Higher Education Coordinating Board, dubbed “60x30TX.” Under the plan, Texas would aim by 2030 to have 60 percent of Texans in the 25-to-34 age group attain a post-secondary certificate or degree. On January...

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Interim Studies on State Spending Issues Afford Early Warning of What’s to Come

Former Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby used to say that the only must-pass bill the legislature ever considers is the budget, and the rest is poetry. With that axiom in mind, take a look at some of the interim-study assignments given by the presiding officers in the Texas House and Texas Senate to their respective budget-writing committees. They are harbingers of...

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Interim Study Topics for Texas House Include Key Issues in Higher Education

Yesterday’s Hotline gave you the full list of interim assignments issued by Texas House Speaker Joe Straus to the House Public Education Committee. Today we share with you the interim charges given to the House Committee on Higher Education: 1. Conduct a review of current funding formulas for community colleges. Specifically, focus on the elements of the instructional funding structure...

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Speaking of Teacher Shortages, Please Note—Financial Relief Available for Teaching in High-Need Schools and High-Need Subject Areas

This week the national media seem to have discovered there is a shortage of teachers in many parts of the country, especially a shortage of teachers prepared to serve in low-income schools or high-need subject areas. For devotees of free-market economics, one is tempted to say the supply-and-demand solution to this problem should be blindingly obvious: higher pay. It also...

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