Texas

UPDATE: Texas Education Board Approves Course Formerly Known As Mexican-American Studies

Posted on · After years of debate, the State Board of Education voted preliminarily to create curriculum standards for a Mexican-American studies class. But thanks to the objections of one member, it'll now be called “Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent.”

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Congressman Gene Green, and Boards of Education: Monday’s Show (May 8, 2017)

Posted on · The U.S. House of Representatives last week (May 4, 2017) passed the latest iteration of the American Health Care Act, a bill designed to replace — or at least refine — elements of the Affordable Care Act, including a provision that critics say would undermine protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions. Houston area Democratic Congressman […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Textbooks, Ebola, and Perry in Court: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From the Texas State Board of Education approving new social studies textbooks this week, to a brief Ebola scare at a Houston emergency room, to legal wrangling over a technicality in Governor Perry’s criminal case: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s Houston news. This week’s panel of “non-experts” include: […]

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Content of Proposed New State Textbooks Creates Controversy…Again

Posted on · The Texas Board of Education is considering more than 100 proposed social studies, history, geography and government textbooks that publishers have submitted for approval for use in public schools statewide. New textbooks have not been adopted in Texas since 2002. The board won’t take a final vote until November. However, a public hearing the state board held […]

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Social Studies Textbooks and the Hispanic Vote: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014

Posted on · For the first time since 2002, the Texas Board of Education is considering more than 100 proposed social studies, history, geography and government textbooks, which publishers have submitted for approval and use in public schools statewide. While the board won’t take a final vote until November, a public hearing the state board held earlier this […]

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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 […]