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Op-Ed about Save Texas Schools in Austin American-Statesman

April 16, 2015: Save Texas Schools explains why we are rallying about underfunding and over-testing, using a fable about the land of Tejas, called “Time has come to write a happy ending for Texas schools.” There was once a large kingdom in a fair and prosperous land called Tejas. It’s rulers decreed, for the sake of…

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#WhyIRally

Join STS Twitter at @savetxschoools and post your blog using #WhyIRally about why YOU are coming to the rally on April 18! Here’s a post from Philip Tryon: I’m Philip Tryon from Save Texas Schools and this is #WhyIRally.  On Saturday, April 18th, Save Texas Schools will rally thousands of motivated Texans who are concerned about…

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Op-Ed in Dallas Morning News: Community Schools for DISD

Parent Suzette Jefferson writes that, with the home-rule charter controversy at an end, Dallas ISD needs to turn to the Community School model as a way to help its struggling campuses and communities.   http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/latest-columns/20150206-community-schools-are-what-disd-needs.ece

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House Committee Assignments Announced

2/4/-15: House Speaker Joe Strauss announced committee assignments on Thursday for the Texas House of Representatives. Lawmakers now can start considering bills. Senate Committees were announced by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick two weeks ago. Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock (R-Killeen) maintained his chairmanship of the House Public Education Committee, with Rep. Alma Allen (D-Houston). Both Aycock and Allen…

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Community Schools on the Leg Radar

The Houston Chronicle (12-4-14) reviews key education issues in the 2015 session, with community schools high on the list. In response to efforts to focus on voucher and other “school choice” programs, the article states that: “Teacher groups plan to counter these efforts with a push to again make public schools the center of the local…

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Judge To Reopen School Finance Suit in January 2014

On January 21, 2014, State District Judge John Dietz will reopen the case challenging Texas school finance system in a new round of legal proceedings that could last up to four weeks. Dietz has already found the state’s school funding system unconstitutional, but wants to consider actions by the 2013 legislature before issuing his final ruling….

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Education Bills Down to the Wire

The major education bills, SB2 (charters) and HB 5 (testing) are still being negotiated as the clock on the current session ticks down. Both bills could be vehicles for other education bills that have died, including SB 1718, the Texas Achievement District bill that would allow state takeover of schools that fail to meet state standards…

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House and Senate Negotiate School Funding

House and Senate conferees on the state budget have begun negotiating to harmonize their differing proposals. The Center for Public Policy Priorities delivered an open letter to the negotiators today on the status of key portions of the budget, including some telling points on funding for public education. They wrote: “We support the higher level of…

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TEA Commissioner’s A-F Performance Rating Plan

(From the Dallas Morning News. Note: the new performance rating system, while a welcome change, still uses testing criteria as the only measure of the quality of a campus.) A new school performance rating system that will spotlight how well schools are doing to close long-standing achievement gaps between white and minority students was announced Tuesday…

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Bill proposes state takeover of campuses

Senate Bill 1718 (West) proposes that the state would take over campuses that are underperforming on state tests for 3 consecutive years. Using a poorly-fundtioning model pioneered in Louisiana, Texas would form the “Texas Achievement District,” which would take responsibility for the campuses away from local school districts. In many (if not most) cases, the schools…

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