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Disability Advocates Weigh in on Special Education Enrollment

Posted on · The Houston Chronicle recently examined special education enrollment in the state of Texas and found that over the last decade-plus, non-elected state officials have set an arbitrary limit to what percentage of students should be given special education services in each school district. The investigation says that limit – 8.5 percent – along with strict […]

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Inside the Controversy Around Texas’ New Mexican-American Studies Textbook

Posted on · Recently Texas made national headlines for the state’s new Mexican-American Heritage textbook. The book was highly anticipated by some after heated discussions in 2014. However, the response to the published book from the Mexican-American community wasn't exactly what the Texas Education Agency was hoping for. Tony Diaz, writer and activist with El Librotraficante, told the […]

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Could a Four-Day School Week Work in Houston?

Posted on · Starting this fall, Olfen School District in Central Texas will implement a four-day school week, by extending the hours of each school day and holding tutoring and other activities on days off. Could such a system work in Houston? We discuss the pros and cons with Lisa Dawn-Fisher, chief school finance officer with the Texas […]

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New Education Commissioner: Getting to Know Mike Morath

Posted on · Last month (Dec. 14, 2015), Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Mike Morath as the state’s next education commissioner. Morath, who’d served as a trustee for the Dallas Independent School District for the last five years, succeeds Michael Williams, who stepped down last week (Jan. 1, 2016). As head of the Texas Education Agency, Morath will oversee […]

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What’s the Legacy of Outgoing TEA Commissioner Michael Williams?

Posted on · Texas Education Agency Commissioner Michael Williams recently announced he's stepping down at the end of the year. We discuss his legacy and the challenges ahead for his successor. We talk with Kiah Collier, who reports on public education for the Texas Tribune.