"...Sometimes it takes an external reminder that many people have it far worse. Last week, a delegation of Israeli educators, representing one of the few groups teaching Arabs and Jews in the same classrooms, visited to study how the Austin Independent School District bridges gaps through bilingual education...."
"...Starring: Gael García Bernal, Fele Martínez, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Lluís Homar, Javier Cámara, Francisco Boira and Ignacio Pérez. With Bad Education, the great Almodóvar delivers the finest movie of his career..."
"...Welcome to the era of Commissioner of Education Michael Williams. No, do not adjust your television screens, this is really happening...."
"...The film tells a wonderfully nuanced story about a teenager’s longing to break free of her provincial surroundings and enter the world at large. It’s a story about her education in the university of life, an impartial proving ground that seduces many into its fold but whose revolving door is just as likely to hit you on the ass on the way out..."
"...As if Texas' State Board of Education was wanting for excitement: perennial-candidate-in-the-making Josiah Ingalls has announced he’s making a bid for the SBOE’s District Five seat...."
"...4) BACKDOOR PRIVATIZATION? Public education advocates got a worrying glimpse of future legislative plans as Lt. Governor-elect Dan Patrick ran Senate Education Committee hearings on expanding charters and introducing vouchers...."
"...Some textbooks are too politicized for even the State Board of Education to accept. In a unanimous vote this morning, Republican and Democratic SBOE members preliminarily shot down a controversial Mexican-American studies textbook, after months of debate and rallies against the text...."
"...Staving off objections from Democrats, a measure that would divert $3 million from HIV/STD prevention programs to abstinence-only education sailed through the House during Tuesday’s marathon debate over the massive, $210 billion Texas budget...."
"...There was some headline education news Tuesday, as the College Board released figures showing that Texas (but not Austin) students this year posted some of the lowest SAT scores ever, and have fallen more than 20 points behind the national averages. Predictably, the first person quoted in the Austin American-Statesman story on the matter is right-wing ideologue Bill Hammond, head of the anti-public-education Texas Association of Business..."
"...(Except maybe Nosferatu.) The Oscar-winning silent film will be screened at the Alamo S. Lamar, with epic rockers My Education providing the live score, at 4 and 7pm, Sunday, Sept..."
"...Normally the exit of a state agency appointee causes nary a flutter, but not so today. Commissioner of Education Robert Scott – possibly Texas' most widely-known and controversial agency boss – is resigning his post, effective July 2...."
"...Gov. Rick Perry may have squelched calls for a special session on education finance reform, so Texas lawmakers are settling for the next best thing: A 22 member joint interim committee on how badly last session's Shapiro/Eissler compromise screwed public school coffers...."
"...Boomer parents, whose selective memories belie their own youthful history of sneaking into movies like Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! now cry out as one for benign, traditional children's films without all the violence, sexual innuendo, and profanity they now find so troubling. Well, crank the Windstar and drag the young 'uns away from Duke Nukem 3D: The Education of Little Tree is just what you've been looking for..."
"...It's a sad day in Texas journalism, and especially among the state's small cadre of education reporters. Austinite Michael Brick, a Houston Chronicle reporter and the author of the definitive story of the saving of East Austin's Reagan High School, has died this morning of colon cancer at the age of 41...."
"...SXSWedu 2016 is getting ready to launch, with the announcement that Ayah Bdeir, founder of modular electronics education firm littleBits, will deliver one of its keynote addresses...."
"...I was out chasing an unrelated story all day, and unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately?) had to miss the inanity of the State Board of Education's final vote on science curriculum standards for Texas' public schoolchildren. However, the anti-religious-right and pro-science group Texas Freedom Network was there liveblogging it..."
"...Nov. 21, 2011, was supposed to be a big day for Education Austin..."
"...The digital classroom is inevitable. That may have been the one point of agreement between all parties during last week's SXSWedu technology and education conference – but the consensus stopped there..."
"...As the years of the Bush administration showed, it takes quite a lot of right-wing extremism to embarrass Republicans. However difficult that task, in the last few years the State Board of Education has apparently managed to accomplish it...."
"...illustration by Jason Stout The object of an education is to know a revolution when you see one." So wrote the great essayist Randolph Bourne in 1916. He was not trying to radicalize American youth..."
"...Texas State Board of Education candidate Judy Jennings just wants to get out of the 1600s. The local Democrat and Northwest Austin resident is mounting her third challenge for a spot on the statewide education board to – as she puts it – get teachers and students into the current century...."
"...Students like Lively have also become walking, talking metaphors for what Texas education does wrong. The figures laid out at the rally were stunning, and well-established..."
"...The U.S. Department of Education will take more of a backseat in education policy, with the signing by Pres..."
"...There are some clenched jaws in Texas education circles as Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Dallas ISD trustee Mike Morath as the new Texas education commissioner, replacing the outgoing Michael Williams...."
"...HB 5 was arguably the battleground bill of the regular session. Reducing the number of end of course exams from 15 to five, adding more vocational paths to graduation, and dumping the old accountability system of Exemplary/Recognized/Academically Acceptable/Unacceptable in favor of an A-F grading system, it's one of the most significant pieces of education legislation in decades...."
"...The House education bill introduced last week drew instant criticism from teachers unions, tempered praise from legislative leaders, cautious restraint from school administrators, and ... heads up, everybody ....."
"...They end up in jobs for which they are, in our brutally ironic phrase, "over-educated." The truth is that no matter how many term papers they've written, they cannot really be said to be "educated" at all if they still know next to nothing about the world they are supposed to inherit, and are unable to use their gifts, their hands, their minds, their hearts, to contribute to that world. An education, to be worthy of the name, must give the young some means to decipher the bombardment of contradictory messages and irrelevant information that is "the youth market" today..."
"...In February, he took a political licking for hanging out with former stadium rocker turned right wing controversy machine Ted Nugent. Now the Republican gubernatorial hopeful is in trouble for using research from an accused white supremacist to back up his public education plans...."
"...Sometimes it feels like only a constitutional scholar could unravel the current fight between the U.S. Department of Education and Gov..."
"...A is for Accountability ratings and Audits. This was the first year the Texas Education Agency rated school districts "unacceptable" for submitting unreliable student data -- and Austin Independent School District was among the first to get the paddle..."
"...Rick Perry appointed former Railroad Commissioner and failed U.S. Senate candidate Michael Williams as the state's new commissioner of education..."
"...Taxes, finance, vouchers, graduation paths, "parent triggers," and community schools: Lawmakers have filed a broad slate of education bills, some of which fix what they've earlier broken, some of which make meaningful reforms, and some of which will just cause more damage to be fixed later. Here's a sample platter of what's in progress in the 84th Legislature...."
"...In a jointly penned column for the Wall Street Journal, Speaker John Boehner and future Majority Leader Mitch McConnell laid out their agenda for the upcoming session. The red meat was all ACA and taxes, but lower down the pair pledged to consider legislation "to support innovative charter schools around the country," adding that they plan to tackle "an education system that denies choice to parents and denies a good education to too many children." This is no shock, considering McConnell got behind a 2013 charter initiative in Kentucky...."
"...This year, they're in limbo. No one knows how much the state will spend on education or how it will slice up the funding, and there's persistent talk that an education-focused special legislative session will be required just to work out the basics..."
"...Gov. Rick Perry weighed in on public education last week, first in his own voice and then by proxy in a report issued by the Governor's Business Council, a Bush-era coven of CEOs organized for the purpose of telling the public whatever the governor wants it to hear..."
"...However, it seems that some lawmakers have acknowledged that something has to be done – including the third most powerful elected official in Texas, House Speaker Joe Straus. On June 2, he issued new interim charges to the House committees on Appropriations and Public Education, telling them to start work on something more than Band-Aid reforms..."
"...2) A New Future for Eastside Memorial After years under constant threat of closure, the Texas Education Agency, AISD, and the East Austin community came together to create a new plan for the campus, with the nationally acclaimed Johns Hopkins Talent Development Secondary coming in as a collaborative partner...."
"...4) Future Planning, Future Rights Austin ISD is one of Austin's biggest property owners, and this year set about a massive process: first, asking for proposals for alternative uses for a list of underutilized properties; next, the first draft of a new 20-year Facility Master Plan, which includes options for closing up to 10 underenrolled campuses, and building new schools fit for a 21st century education...."
"...3) Cuts First or First Cuts At the beginning of the 82nd legislative session, there were two options: Raise taxes, or decimate school funds. By the end, it was clear no new money was coming, so lawmakers spent days discussing which combination of the terrible rival plans (authored by House Public Education Committee Chair Rob Eissler and Senate counterpart Florence Shapiro) they would inflict...."
"...Dear Editor, Lee Nichols' “Education Fight Heads to Lege” [“Naked City,” News, March 26] updates readers on the activist organization Texas Freedom Network's attempt to appeal the Texas State Board of Education's perceived conservative politicization to the Texas Legislature via the network's “Just Educate” petition. Fighting conservative politicization with liberal politicization is a zero sum game..."
"...First of all, to suggest that we put all of our resources toward the brightest kids and give up on students with disabilities is archaic. There is a concept outlined in our laws called a free, appropriate, public education for all students..."
"...AISD Superintendent Jim Fox In a year when Austinites saddled themselves with the largest bond packages in their history, voters across the state welcomed the Christian Coalition onto school boards everywhere, and the nationwide debate on how to handle Black English hit the classrooms, it was hard to choose the ten best stories in education. Once again, in no particular order of importance, here are my picks...."
"...elements for any reasonable future, is an area deserving far greater concern than such voodoo crap as the balanced budget and flat tax. A committment to genuine education excellence and not some politically sensitized agenda is crucial to improving our world..."
"...From education funding to student testing, the Texas public school system has been thoroughly and repeatedly reshaped over the last decade by the Republican-run Legislature. Now, as the March 12 Save Texas Schools rally on the Capitol showed statewide dissatisfaction with their work, Republican lawmakers and conservative think tanks are scrambling to deflect criticism..."
"...Dear Editor, The radical, religious bigots Gov. Perry has sponsored for the State Board of Education (now known as the “Sons (& Daughters) of Bigots Opposed to Education”) are a pitiful disgrace and should not be allowed to be involved in any forum where the word "education" is mentioned or discussed [“Social Studies Debate,” News, March 19]..."
"...The Community Action Network, a public/private partnership that produces reports and builds coalitions, has released its Education FAQ, a document that pulls together information about education in Central Texas. The result, for anyone who cares deeply about local schools, is a call to arms that paints a picture of local schools overwhelmed by rapidly changing student demographics and unequipped to meet the challenge...."
"...Dear Editor, Golly, thank god all the candidates for governor are going to fix education; now all our kids will be going off to school at Harvard and MIT. Wonder how they're going to "fix" education? The problem is not something a governor or a school superintendent can fix, or they would have, right? This "crisis in public schools" bullshit has been going on for 30 years; one would have to assume that if "the government" had a solution or fix they would have implemented it, yeah? The problem with public schools is unfit parents and people like our own superintendent, who constantly suggest they can "provide an education.” If a parent were not feeding his or her kids, they'd be declared unfit by the state and everyone..."
"...The definition of "abstinence education" was developed by political and religious conservatives, spearheaded by the Heritage Foundation, and first introduced by U.S. Sen..."
"...Austin voters have the option this November to choose between a Fulbright scholarship recipient and English professor, or a man who once compared advocates of evolution science to Nazis and slave traders, to lead their children's future on education. Two Travis County-based seats at the Texas State Board of Education, historically a breeding ground for right-wing extremists, are up this election cycle, featuring Democratic candidates who ran, unsuccessfully, for the respective positions in 2012..."
"...When it comes to public and higher education, the 84th Legislature will be remembered as much for what it didn't manage to do as what it did...."