New School Accountability Ratings are Out See How Your School Was Rated The Texas Education Agency released the 2014 school accountability standards today amid much anticipation. The rating system assessment measures and evaluates student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and post-secondary readiness. Just over 84% of Texas schools met the standards leaving 9% requiring improvement (after 2.7% met alternative standards.)...

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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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The Battle of the Bonds

Frisco ISD taxpayers gathered last night to hear from AFP, TPPF, and Empower Texans. Here are some facts shared with attendees: Frisco ISD has an enrollment of 42,530 in 2013 (enrollment was 11,144 in 2003)   The District has 53 campuses: 34 elementary schools 13 middle schools 6 high schools   Frisco ISD Snapshot Highlights Total staff: 5,117 Teachers:   2,828 Non-teachers: 2,239 Students per staff : 8.3 Students per teacher: 15.0...

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Another Local Government Scandal: Progreso, TX

Another Local Government Scandal - The mayor of Progreso, TX, his younger brother and their father have been arrested in a public corruption investigation involving the city and schools. The Mayor, maintenance and transportation supervisor for the Progreso Independent School District and Chairman of the school board were all indicted. The indictment says the Velas conspired to obtain bribes and kickbacks from service providers in Progresso, a...

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