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Is the Way Texas Funds Public Schools Unconstitutional?

Posted on · Last week, (Tuesday 9/1/15), the Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments over whether the way the state funds public schools is constitutional. The case dates back to 2011, when the Texas Legislature cut more than $5 billion from public education in Texas. Some 600 school districts challenged the funding system. A state district court judge […]

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How Bringing Public and Charter Students Under One Roof Helped Spring Branch ISD

Posted on · One Greater Houston school district, facing up to some under-performing schools, has sought to improve them by partnering with area charter schools to bring public and charter students under one roof. Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin talks with Spring Branch ISD Superintendent Duncan Klussmann about this “marriage” of two approaches to education which are sometimes perceived as working […]

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Majority of the Nation’s Public School Students Qualify for Free or Reduced Lunches

Posted on · According to 2013 data from the National Center for Education Statistics, 51 percent of America’s public school students were eligible for the federal free and reduced-price lunch program in the 2012-2013 academic year. In Texas, that number rises to 60 percent. It’s the first time a majority of students in our public schools meet that […]

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TEA Commissioner Discusses the State of Public Education in Texas

Posted on · For the last two years, Michael Williams has served as the Commissioner of Education, heading up the Texas Education Agency. The TEA oversees public education for more than five million pre-K through high school students in Texas public and charter schools. The TEA also supports the State Board of Education in the development of statewide curriculum, and the process of […]

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Primary Election Preview, HISD Closure Update, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, February 17, 2014

Posted on · Early voting begins this week for a March primary election which will determine the major party candidates for a number of statewide offices. While it’s clear who both Republicans and Democrats will put forward for Governor, the Lieutenant Governor’s race appears up for grabs. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll learn about that and […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, August 30, 2013

Posted on · Harris County Judge Ed Emmett this week announced he would not put a measure on the ballot this November that would have asked voters to approve or reject a proposed tax to benefit an early childhood education program known as the Early to Rise campaign. It’s run by the nonprofit Harris County School Readiness Corporation, […]