Topic: Reports

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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Studies confirm Texas lagging badly in education funding

Yet again, Texas has been ranked among the worst in the nation when it comes to investing in our children.  A new study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that "public investment in K-12 schools--crucial for communities to thrive and the U.S. economy to offer broad opportunity--has declined dramatically in a number of states over the last decade." The CBPP found...

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New report highlights the consequences of underfunding our public schools

Researchers at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium, and the University of Texas at Austin have summed up what we unfortunately have realized for several years, that the draconian budget cuts to public education in 2011 have had significant and ongoing negative impacts on our students. However, the groups' report--Consequences of the Texas Public School...

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Report Traces Persistence of Inequity in Case Study of Austin Schools

To hear some tell it, racial, ethnic, and gender inequities are a thing of the past.  But the reality is not so sanguine, as a new case study of the Austin public schools reminds us. Past and current policies in Austin “have created and maintained unequal opportunities and large disparities in child outcomes across race, ethnicity and gender,” according to the...

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Listening to “What Educators Believe Would Make a Difference”

State Rep. Diego Bernal, Democrat of San Antonio, has been doing his homework in a novel way on issues of public education during the current legislative interim. Bernal has visited all 55 neighborhood public schools in his district on a listening tour to find out “what educators believe would make a difference in their everyday work.” He heard common themes...

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Study Finds Texas Charter Schools Not Delivering Desired Results

A newly published study of Texas charter schools finds that even the best of them (labeled “No Excuses” charters) are not yielding hoped-for results in terms of employment and earnings for charter students.  Moreover, run-of-the-mill Texas charter schools tend to decrease test scores and college enrollment as well as earnings. This July 2016 analysis of “Charter Schools and Labor Market...

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Report Ranks Texas Near Bottom in Child Well-Being

There is little for Texans to cheer about in the latest KIDS COUNT Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In this year’s report on various dimensions of child well-being, Texas continues to rank among the bottom 10 states—number 43, to be exact, two notches down from where the state ranked last year.  Improvements in children’s health-insurance coverage and...

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