Topic: Reports

The Debt-Free Checklist and Why Debt-Free Higher Education is Crucial

One of the major unmet education needs in Texas and the whole country is in higher education, where an affordability crisis has been putting college out of reach or making student debt ever more burdensome for most families. Financial aid has not kept up with rising costs in Texas in the wake of tuition deregulation. There is a pressing need...

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Summer Reading

We commend to your attention the latest edition of AFT’s American Educator and the Summer 2015 edition of our own Texas Teacher, both loaded with useful information on a wide range of subjects. The cover article of the current American Educator looks at the history of and continuing need for due process for educators in public schools in the context of...

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Texas Ranks 41st for Kids in Annual Report

The 2015 national Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation will not feature in the next edition of anybody’s Texas brag book. Nearly one out of every 10 children in the nation lives in Texas, but our state ranked as one of the ten worst for children—41st among the states in terms of overall child well-being. Key data...

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National Report Ranks Texas 49th in Per-Pupil Spending, Gives State a D for School Finance and a C- for Student Achievement

The Education Week Research Center’s 2015 “Quality Counts” report puts Texas 49th in the nation for its level of school spending per pupil. The ranking is based on an apples-to-apples comparison among the states that takes regional cost variations into account, so the abysmal ranking is no fluke. This low investment in the state’s youth explains why the overall ranking for...

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In Case You Missed It: “The Promise of Career and Technical Education”

AFT President Randi Weingarten used her November 16 “What Matters Most” column to lay out some home truths about the U.S. economy and the rising importance of career and technical education to help Americans get ahead. We reprint her column on “The Promise of Career and Technical Education” here: On the surface, the latest jobs report from the Department of Labor is...

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TELL survey of Texas educators produces more questions than answers

The Texas Education Agency today released results--at least some of the results--of a survey targeting more than 425,000 Texas educators. The Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Texas Survey was authorized by legislation passed last session in the Texas legislature, andTEA intended for it to help schools plan for improvement by gauging the working conditions of teachers, principals, counselors and other professional staff....

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