Topic: Resources

Virtual schools face investigation after reports on poor performance, companies profiting

Two U.S. Senators, Democratic Sens. Patty Murray (Washington) and Sherrod Brown (Ohio), have recently called on the Government Accountability Office to launch an investigation into the practices and policies of virtual charter schools. The request came on the same day the Center for American Progress released Profit Before Kids: An Analysis of the Performance and Financial Practices of For-Profit, Virtual Charter Schools,...

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Community Schools Summit coming to Austin next week

The Texas Community Schools Coalition, Austin Voices for Education and Youth, and Save Texas Schools (with support from Austin ISD and Texas AFT) will sponsor our third annual statewide Community Schools Summit on June 6-8 in Austin at Lanier High School. Whether you are new to community schools or already have an effort underway, the summit will provide helpful information. Here's an outline...

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Education Austin featured in report for successful community-labor partnerships

Education Austin, our local affiliate for Austin ISD, recently was featured prominently in a report and toolkit developed by the Schott Foundation to encourage partnerships between labor and community groups. The report, “Keeping Students First: Building Community Labor Partnerships for Strong Schools” highlights efforts by Education Austin to build a network of support from other community organizations to advance its...

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Texas House committee—inadequate education funding hurts economic competitiveness

A March 13 report from the Texas House Committee on Economic Competitiveness cites inadequate education funding as a key factor hurting the state’s economic prospects. Some of the report’s notable findings include these, addressing needs both in higher education and in elementary and secondary education: --“According to the vice president and senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas,...

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