UIL lets students love learning

Though the education system is not without its flaws (state testing), it has some promising aspects, such as the University Interscholastic League in Texas. Started in 1910 by the University of Texas at Austin, the UIL offers students the chance to compete in athletic, music, drama and academic contests to enrich their educational experience. The academic contests … Continue reading UIL lets students love learning

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Teaching Over Testing Act offers hope to improve education

The flaws of state testing mentioned in my last two posts (here and here) have not gone unnoticed by lawmakers. Texas Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) announced the Teaching Over Testing Act Feb. 1, 2017, to decentralize the impact of standardized testing in the classroom. Also known as House Bill 1333, the act offers four … Continue reading Teaching Over Testing Act offers hope to improve education

Spring marks the start of state testing overload

For students and teachers in Texas, with the blossoms of spring comes the start of state testing. In public schools across the state, teachers are in a frenzy to make sure their students are prepared for the STAAR exams. Used to evaluate student achievement and hold schools accountable, tests like these are necessary to ensure … Continue reading Spring marks the start of state testing overload

Role reversal: schools receive A-F grades

Texas' new A-F accountability plan gives schools themselves a taste of the grading system usually reserved for students. Though last fall's report was just a test, schools are not supportive of the new system, which would officially go into effect in 2018, Diane Smith wrote in the Star-Telegram January 4, 2017. According to an editorial posted … Continue reading Role reversal: schools receive A-F grades

Cruz pushes school choice in Texas with letter to legislators

The push for school choice in Texas escalated this week with Senator Ted Cruz's letter to Texas Legislators. Cruz's letter urged lawmakers "to make Texas the next state that gives parents taxpayer dollars to send their children to private or religious schools, or educate them at home," Patrick Svitek wrote in the Texas Tribune on March 9, 2017. … Continue reading Cruz pushes school choice in Texas with letter to legislators

Texas parties divided over Senate Bill 6

"All we gotta do is tinkle and get out." According to Alexa Ura's article in the Texas Tribune March 7, 2017, that is how Marilyn Morrison, an 8-year-old transgender girl from Grapevine, TX, expressed her opinion on the Texas "bathroom bill" that the Senate spent most of yesterday debating. Senate Bill 6 has polarized parties over … Continue reading Texas parties divided over Senate Bill 6

Texas lawmakers divided over school choice and financial reform

Texas lawmakers are split over the push for school choice, which may hold up public school financial reform. The passage of Senate Bill 3, created by Senate Education Chairman Larry Taylor and supported by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Gov. Greg Abbott, would create two voucher-like programs to implement school choice in Texas, Aliyya Swaby's Jan. 30, 2017, article on TexasTribune.org said. … Continue reading Texas lawmakers divided over school choice and financial reform

School choice battle makes education ‘the civil rights issue of our time’

With the fight for and against school choice sweeping the nation, President Donald Trump deemed education "the civil rights issue of our time." In addition, the President urged Congress to pass legislation to boost school choice opportunities, according to Matthew Nussbaum's recap of his Tuesday night speech posted on Politico.com Feb. 28, 2017. Texas House Public Education … Continue reading School choice battle makes education ‘the civil rights issue of our time’