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

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’

Mayors say Texas “Bathroom Bill” distracts from other education issues

The ongoing debate surrounding Senate Bill 6, or the "bathroom bill" may be pulling lawmakers away from more pressing issues in the Capitol of Texas. In an article by Christopher Neely on CommunictyImpact.com on Feb. 17, Mayor Steve Adler of Austin said "We are in desperate need of the state legislature to focus on education … Continue reading Mayors say Texas “Bathroom Bill” distracts from other education issues

Trump appears to break promise after scaling back Obama bathroom order

After sacking Obama's order to allow students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity, President Trump faced criticism from people, such as Caitlyn Jenner and Jackie Evancho, for appearing to go back on his promise to protect LGBTQ rights. According to Caitlin Emma Feb. 22, 2017, on Politico.com, Trump made this move … Continue reading Trump appears to break promise after scaling back Obama bathroom order

Trump could enforce merit pay for teachers

In his campaign proposal, President Donald Trump promised to promote merit-based pay for teachers to replace "the failed tenure system that currently exists." For example, Texas public school teachers currently receive a fixed income with gradual raises as they gain experience, according to the state's education code. Exact salaries and raises are decided by the district in which the … Continue reading Trump could enforce merit pay for teachers