Photo courtesy TSUSheila Jackson Lee and TSU officials announce their big newsWhat's this? Good news two months in a row from TSU? The world spins crazily on its axis.Last month the embattled institution found out it had been taken off probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools ... More >>
Love it, hate it, the federal stimulus money is coming and it's got to be spent on something.Why not Neil Bush?Bush, the wayward son of the Bush family (and that's saying something) is, of course, the guy behind Ignite!, the company that tries to get schools to buy its Schoolhouse Rock-like gadgetry ... More >>
The Texas Association of School Administrators is a high-powered organization of superintendents and other education bureaucrats. They recently held an important legislative conference in Austin, dealing with pressing issues like stimulus funds.Attendees got updates from key state senators and reps, ... More >>
Photo by cliff1066Last week saw the first volley of TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) testing for public high schoolers. Crucial to the success of the mission was a ruling from State Education Commissioner Robert Scott that yes, bathroom breaks are allowed during the testing. The Texas ... More >>
Just in time for the 25th anniversary of the landmark Texas House Bill 72, Senator Dan Patrick has pre-filed a bill to amend it in several ways -- no, he's not touching No Pass, No Play -- but he is fiddling with the cap in place on the number of kids that schools can cram into their K-4th grade cla ... More >>
D.A.R.E. was designed to keep a kid off drugs, but that's a tough feat without adequate funding. In the last five years, waning support from the state has forced some school districts to pull the plug on the program and forced others to downgrade considerably. The Houston school district and t ... More >>
Carcinogen samples from local schools are off the charts
Michael Lyddon slept on this bench at night because he had nowhere else to go. According to elected officials in Fort Bend, though, he doesn't exist
HISD continues to send students to CEP. Whether they go there, stay there or return successfully to their home school is anyone's guess.
Sure you can ferret out the slimeballs in our midst? Guess again if you're relying on standard background searches in Texas
A 1,683-mile drive taught us that educators don't always entertain an open-door policy when it comes to public records
Are HISD and Aramark cooking the books to feast on federal breakfast subsidies?
Klein students are on a fast track to expulsion, thanks to a district that's figured a way to get someone else to pick up the tab for alternative education
A lawsuit accuses HISD's former chief and a trustee of influence-peddling
Some CEP students have been locked in for years
Principal Lawrence Allen is a role model to some, an inept bumbler to others. Jones High School is split: Magnet-program parents versus the local community. It's up to Superintendent Kaye Stripling to make it right. Lucky her.
Piety or Pac-Man, At Any Rate, Bell View
Rod Paige searches for the perfect image, and CEP wiggles in even closer to the power source -- wherever it can find it
Thousands of students disappear from our schools yearly, but the TEA insists they're not dropouts
Rod Paige U.S. Secretary of Education
Kids rack up university credits right there in high school. And their districts and colleges ring up ample revenues in the process. But are the students really learning?
Did Bush pick a master educator - or an overpaid front man?
Want an edge on that ultimate school exam? Have your $8 ready for this primer.
A disabled Spanish-speaking student could define the limits for special education
The city of Houston is exploiting loopholes in state law to lavish big bucks on private developers
Charter school scandals are teaching Texas a hard lesson -- one the state should have known fouryears and $77 million ago
What does it really mean to pass the TAAS?
Are educators cheating on TAAS? Is anyone going to stop them?
Drink up, kids. Keep those soda dollars coming.
Fat starting salaries! Hefty raises! HISD says its administrators deserve them.
At Anderson Elementary, students are packed into classrooms, hallways and portable buildings as educators struggle to manage a school with too many kids
The Rice School/La Escuela Rice was a much-touted experiment by HISDand Rice University. So far, the results haven't been encouraging.
Beset by skyrocketing tax assessments and wary of encroaching development, property owners in San Leon-Bacliff wonder if their "poor man's Riviera" may soon go the way of other waterfront zones along Galveston Bay.
Donna Ballard and her Christian conservative cohorts have transformed the State Board of Education. But will they transform the way Texas teaches its kids?
State Comptroller John Sharp has suggested that HISD needs to fire more incompetent teachers. But as the case of Beverly Goodie shows, it's not that simple. Just how do you tell who's incompetent? And what happens when you try?
For 27 years, math teacher Phyllis Landes had a spotless record. Then the Texas Education Agency accused her of making racist remarks, and nearly ruined her school and her life.
After a vicious campaign, the religious right is poised to push its agenda on the State Board of Education