Topic: Reports

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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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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Poll: 91% of teachers voting in the Republican Primary want to ‘can’ Dan Patrick

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2018 CONTACT:  Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343 Poll: 91% of teachers voting in the Republican Primary want to ‘can’ Dan Patrick Educators and others polled favor Republican Scott Milder by a wide margin, Collier leads decisively in Democratic primary A Texas AFT poll of 1,863 Texans (74 percent of them teachers or other school employees) shows...

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Texas ranked 41st among states in quality of education, with a D+ in school finance

The annual Quality Counts report​ on state education efforts and results puts Texas in the bottom tier of states again this year​, with a ranking of 41st overall and a lowly D+ in school finance. Quality Counts is a highly regarded product of the researchers at Education Week magazine, using roughly 40 indicators to gauge state performance. The Texas ranking reflects the state’s chronic deficiencies in...

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