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Bill Would Toughen Penalties for Improper Teacher-Student Relationships

Posted on · Texas Sen. Paul Bettencourt introduced SB 7 that passed unanimously in the Senate (March 7, 2017). The proposed bill toughens penalties for educator misconduct in Texas — specifically to crack down on improper student-teacher relationships. It’s been a topic of interest for some lawmakers and educators for a number of years now. How big is […]

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What Makes a Great Teacher?

Posted on · The website Niche has published its rankings of the Houston metro area high schools with the best teachers. But how do you evaluate such a thing? What makes a teacher great? We talk with Mark Tressler, vice president of product for Niche about how the site established its evaluation. Then, we turn to a parent, a teacher’s union […]

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HISD School Construction and Renovation Project Faces $200 Million Shortfall

Posted on · In 2012, Houston voters approved a $1.9 billion bond program to rebuild and renovate 40 schools. Now, district administrators say they are $200 million short due to construction market inflation; a teachers union rep and a school board member want an outside audit. We examine this budget battle over school construction. We talk with HISD […]

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From Reduced Testing to Teacher Bonuses: What Changes Are in Store for HISD?

Posted on · In the past few weeks, the Houston Independent School District’s administration has announced some planned changes, including scaling back student testing next year. HISD Superintendent Terry Grier also initially proposed to end the district’s controversial performance bonus system, but he went back on that proposal earlier this week. Next week, the HISD board will review and vote […]

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HISD Proposals and William Fitzsimmons: Friday’s Show (June 12, 2015)

Posted on · In the past few weeks, the Houston Independent School District’s administration has announced some planned changes, including scaling back student testing next year. HISD Superintendent Terry Grier also initially proposed to end the district’s controversial performance bonus system, but he went back on that proposal earlier this week. Next week, the HISD board will review and vote […]