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Some High School Students Off Hook on Failed Exams

Some High School Students Off Hook on Failed Exams

Jun 30, 2013

Some of the Texas high school students who failed their state standardized exams got some welcome news from the Texas Education Agency on Wednesday. Because the governor signed House Bill 5 into law on Monday, the agency announced that to graduate, students would not have to retake exams if they failed them in one of the six subjects that the legislation drops...

Oil, Gas Boom Makes School Districts Rich but Uneasy

Oil, Gas Boom Makes School Districts Rich but Uneasy

Sep 12, 2012

Oil, Gas Boom Makes School Districts Rich but Uneasy by Ross Ramsey School districts can get rich just as fast as the people in the oil bidness, and the poor-to-rich whiplash can have some weird aftereffects. Texas public schools get about half of their money, on average, from property taxes. And when the property turns out to be sitting on top of the Eagle...

Testing Firm Hits Back Against Claims of Flaws

Testing Firm Hits Back Against Claims of Flaws

Aug 9, 2012

Testing Firm Hits Back Against Claims of Flaws by Morgan Smith The state’s test vendor has fired back at research from a University of Texas at Austin professor that calls into question the method it uses to develop Texas standardized exams, saying that his claims lack factual evidence. Denny Way, the senior vice president for measurement services at...

A Guide to the Texas School Finance Lawsuits

A Guide to the Texas School Finance Lawsuits

Feb 29, 2012

One consequence of lawmakers' $5.4 billion cut to Texas public schools? Five school finance lawsuits filed against the state, covering more than 500 districts and 3 million students.

In Texas, a Backlash Against Student Testing

In Texas, a Backlash Against Student Testing

Feb 7, 2012

When Christopher Chamness entered the third grade last year, he began to get stomach aches before school. His mother, Edy, said the fire had gone out of a child who she said had previously gone joyfully to his classes.

South Texas District Suspends Sports to Keep Afloat

South Texas District Suspends Sports to Keep Afloat

Feb 3, 2012

A plan to save a school district has come down to rows of yellow Post-it notes... Scrawled on one are two words that have brought national attention to the tiny 570-student school district in South Texas: "suspend sports."