School district suddenly goes wobbly on longstanding relationship with faculty-staff union
DAILY News June 10, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."
An Education Only a Boss Could Love
Public schools lurch a little closer to privatization with HB 2
News Column February 11, 2005, by Amy Smith
"...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 ....."
A-to-Z Guide to Education in 1999
News Story January 7, 2000, by Kevin Fullerton
"...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..."
A Revolutionary Letter on Education II
Columns November 7, 1997, by Michael Ventura
"...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..."
The Education of Greg Abbott
Attorney general in hot water over school plan
News Story April 11, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."
Perry Poisons Education Funding
How will Texas schools fare without federal education money?
News Story September 17, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...Sometimes it feels like only a constitutional scholar could unravel the current fight between the U.S. Department of Education and Gov..."
Top 10 Education Stories
School finance lawsuits, AISD board shakeup, and more
News Story January 4, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Rick Perry appointed former Railroad Commissioner and failed U.S. Senate candidate Michael Williams as the state's new commissioner of education..."
Lege Goes to School: Education Bills
News Story April 30, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."
Public Education Back Under Fire
Republicans set anti-school agenda at national and state level
DAILY News November 10, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."
Education Funding May Require Special Session
Lawmakers at impasse over school finance
News Story May 20, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."
The Price of an Education
As the Lege looms, don't bet the house on new money
News Column November 26, 2004, by Michael King
"...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..."
House to Address Education Funding
Speaker Joe Straus sets school finance as interim item
News Story June 9, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."
Top 10 Education Stories
Mack Brown, Meria Carstarphen, and the rest of the gang
News Story January 3, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."
Top 10 Education Stories
Reading, writing, arithmetic ... well, that's three!
News Story December 29, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."
Top 10 Education Stories
Edukayshun 'r' us
News Story January 6, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."
Time to Change American History Education for the Better
Postmarks March 29, 2010
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..."
Education an Inalienable Right
Postmarks August 18, 2005
"...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..."
Education Top 10
News Story January 10, 1997, by Roseana Auten
"...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
Page Two: Education, one of the key
Columns February 2, 1996, by Louis Black
"...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..."
Republicans Play Defense on Education
Their strategy? Find someone else to blame.
News Story March 18, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."
Does SBOE = 'Sons of Bigots Opposed to Education'?
Postmarks March 19, 2010
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]..."
Education in Central Texas: A worrisome portrait
Community Action Network releases its Education FAQ on education in Central Texas
News Story November 17, 2006, by Michael May
"...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...."
Fixing Education Easier Said Than Done
Postmarks July 20, 2006
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..."
Save It for Me: Abstinence Education in America
News Story May 30, 1997
"...The definition of "abstinence education" was developed by political and religious conservatives, spearheaded by the Heritage Foundation, and first introduced by U.S. Sen..."
State Board of Education Evolves
A rare bit of good news out of the SBOE
News Story April 27, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Here's a sentence seldom seen over the past few decades: Science advocates are praising the Texas State Board of Education. Such insanity is the result of the SBOE's recent vote to scrap wording in high school biology standards that instructed students to challenge evolution..."