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85th Texas Legislature Preview
Can the GOP-run House and Senate get along well enough to get anything accomplished?
"...moment captured the underlying conflict leading into the 85th Texas Legislature, it came on the afternoon of Thursday, Jan...."

Jan. 13, 2017 News Feature by the News Staff

Drums Across Texas
What does Reagan High's drum line have in common with civil rights? Larry Jackson.
"...Bands across Texas and around the region, from Louisiana to Georgia, come..."

June 17, 2011 Music Feature by Kate X Messer

The Alamo Schools Letter
Superintendent's letter remembers the Alamo
"...It's been dubbed "The Alamo Schools Letter." On Feb. 11, Superintendent John Kuhn, from the..."

March 4, 2011 News Feature

From Schools to ... Nuts
The 79th Lege hasn't been here before – it only seems like it
"...Texans should expect an education. Not necessarily about public schools and their needs and resources, but about the nature..."

Jan. 14, 2005 News Feature

Three Plans for Four Eastside Schools
Four schools, three very different plans
" the Johnston Campus, it's been split into two schools (Global Tech and Green Tech), reintegrated, almost handed over..."

Feb. 7, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Point Austin: Squeezing the Schools
Failing all its courses, the Lege sends a love note to Highland Park
"...glaring inequities in the funding of the state's public schools. Nor was it ever intended to do so, from..."

July 15, 2005 News Column by Michael King

Rep. Celia Israel on the 86th Texas Legislature
“Pandering to 3% of the electorate is not in anyone's best interest”
"...system "byzantine" … if I were the queen of Texas, I would have already called a special session. I..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Rep. Sheryl Cole on the 86th Texas Legislature
“We’ve always been on defense, and we’ve got to learn how to play offense”
"...SC: We have schools, especially in my district, that have the profile of..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

AISD Delays Plans to Close Eight Schools
Advocates push to save Pease, Brooke
"...Friday, Nov. 1: Metz, Sims, Pease, and Brooke elementary schools...."

Nov. 8, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Austin ISD Delays Its Plans to Close Eight Schools
Four others remain on list as "conversations" continue
"...Friday, Nov. 1; Metz, Sims, Pease, and Brooke elementary schools. The first two will close as was expected even..."

Nov. 3, 2019 News Post by Austin Sanders

TFN Report: Texas Scientists Support Evolution
Scientists overwhelmingly reject "creation science" and "intelligent design"
" adopt new curriculum standards for science education in Texas' public schools. In preparation for this debate, the Texas..."

Nov. 21, 2008 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Strategy for Saving Low-Performing High Schools
AISD drafting strategic response to performance issues at its high school campuses
"...your campus is failing the math portion of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test possibly because of..."

Dec. 21, 2007 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

Rep. Gina Hinojosa on the 86th Texas Legislature
“We need to have the state pay its fair share into the school finance system”
" 33.9%, while the local share for neighborhood public schools is 66.1%. It’s very lopsided, it’s unsustainable, it’s not..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Could AISD Shutter 12 Schools?
District discloses ideas for $55 million in budget cuts
"...about $1 million, but it does not list which schools could be closed. The document does indicate that two..."

Dec. 14, 2018 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Doggett: Keep School Funds in Schools
Perry demands right to gut Texas education funding
"...Act. The measure, which is restricted to states with "Texas-sized Rainy Day funds," orders that cash from the emergency..."

Aug. 5, 2010 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Smaller High Schools Better
"...13] gives me hope for the future of high schools, because I am a 31-year educator and longtime advocate..."

Jan. 13, 2006 Postmarks

Special Election for Texas House of Representatives, District 48
The 'Chronicle' endorsement for the state House District 48, special election: Donna Howard
"...running as a moderate determined simply to "improve the schools," he would replace his predecessor Todd Baxter as a..."

Jan. 13, 2006 News Feature

Rep. James Talarico on the 86th Texas Legislature
“There isn’t a blue or red way to fix public education – there’s only a right way”
"...Talarico (HD-52), one of the youngest members of the Texas House, was sworn in after his November election district..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

AFT: "Fund Our Schools"
Teachers rally at Capitol in support of schools
"...Democrats and Republicans, and tell them to fund our schools."..."

March 13, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Will Texas Do Better?
Ongoing lawsuits are keeping everything in limbo, but after that …
"...When Texas courts ruled against the school finance system in 1989,..."

Dec. 7, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Texas Children Are Being Left Behind
"...plans to close it along with eight additional Austin schools, laying off 1,200 teachers and support employees due to..."

March 3, 2011 Postmarks

AISD Schools Avoid Repurposing
TAKS scores are up
"...state-ordered campus repurposing this year. On June 3, the Texas Education Agency released the preliminary Texas Assessment of Knowledge..."

June 11, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Why Doesn't Texas Support Soccer?
"...Watch"] In Austin, and many other major cities in Texas, the most widely played youth and adult recreational sport..."

Nov. 24, 2003 Postmarks

SXSWedu: Weingarten and Ravitch on Schools
Highlights from the education conference
" her formal panel on the value of community schools, she had a chance to see in action two..."

March 7, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Austin's Charter Schools
"...SchoolStarted2002 TEA Rating NYOS Charter School1998Exemplary American Youthworks 1996Acceptable Star..."

April 4, 2003 News Feature

Beto O'Rourke's Long, Hot Road to the Texas Primary
We report from the 2020 Democratic campaign trail on whether all the blue, sweat, and beers are worth it
"...trucks from the highway department block the streets around Texas Southern University and seal off Debate Land, an alien..."

Sept. 27, 2019 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Paul Cruz to Step Down as Austin Schools Chief
Superintendent to join UT faculty after eventful AISD tenure
"...isn't going far; he's headed to the University of Texas to become a professor in the College of Education’s..."

Feb. 19, 2020 News Post by Austin Sanders

Texas School Funding
Still unconstitutional
"...terrible case of déjà vu. In 2004, he told Texas lawmakers that the state's public school-finance system failed to..."

Sept. 5, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Drop in the Bucket: Disputed Fed Ed Funding Comes to Texas
Disputed fed ed funding comes to Texas
"...After a long fight, Texas looks likely to receive a delayed $830 million in..."

April 22, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Texas House Advances Ambitious School Finance Bill
Teachers’ union celebrates shedding of merit pay provision
"...their performance and whether they chose to teach at schools with higher concentrations of low-income students...."

March 22, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

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