Beaumont ISD: Poster Child for Greater Transparency

In Texas, you need look no further than Beaumont to find the most dysfunctional ISD in the State (and that’s saying a lot, considering the Lone Star State took over management of El Paso ISD after findings of fraud).  Some Beaumont iSD officials have been found guilty of embezzlement and fraud.  And the public was largely in the dark when school officials were “living like a rock star”....

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Education issues hit the airways

Most Texans are ready for this election to be over.  It’s hard to watch TV without seeing ads on everything from immigration to taxes to education. Elections are not as much about politics as they provide an opportunity to discuss goals, issues and solutions. That’s why political ads deserve scrutiny.  Education is one of the top five issues of interest to Texas voters. Texas has one-tenth of the nation’s K-12 students and we spend over $50...

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Teachers Will Earn More with School Choice

We have been frustrated that only half the Education dollars get directed to the classrooms, and teachers earn only a fraction of that. TPPF has done a study of teacher pay when school choice is available to parents and kids. Then good teachers will be in demand and their pay will increase.   Here is an article in the Austin American-Statesman: Wohlgemuth: Texas Teachers could actually benefit from school choice By Arlene Wohlgemuth...

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New Comptroller Study Reveals Disturbing Education Trend

Enrollment up 19%; Education Debt Service up 103% New Comptroller Study Reveals Disturbing Trend In a new report from the Comptroller’s office Texas Public School Construction, it is shown that if you are a property owner in Texas, it is highly likely that some of the property taxes you are paying are used to build new public schools. While this may not be a surprise to many, it still means that most Texans are stakeholders in school...

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Attorney General Abbott: Texas Schools Can’t Use Common Core

Sen. Dan Patrick asked Atty Gen Greg Abbott a simple question: can Texas schools legally use Common Core?    The answer was equally simple: NO. AG Abbott issued a ruling today which stated that while ISD’s are required to provide instruction in essential knowledge and skills at appropriate grade levels they may not use Common Core State Standards Initiative to comply with this requirement. A briefing submitted to the Attorney...

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Safety in Schools

School choice advocates have long cited safety as one of the reasons parents should be able to choose their own schools.  Often, we think the safety issues are a result of the students in the school, but that is not always the case. A young girl was sexually assaulted by a Austin Independent School District teacher in the classroom while other students were sent to the playground.   The six-year-old student reported the assault to her mother....

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