The discussion of accountability and assessment started in earnest Wednesday in Austin as Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock filed House Bill 5, which takes a swing at diploma plans, testing policies and district accountability ratings. To combine all three topics in one bill - which will have to pass or fail ... More >>
Cross-party Republican spats may take all the energy out of any effort to fix public school finance and high-stakes testing next session. When lawmakers announced cuts of up to $10 billion from public education last session, parents and teachers rallied at the Capitol under the Save our Schools ban ... More >>
Classs sizes could still be reasonableIt's not going to be carte blanche and open the door to pack 25 kids into a classroom in Texas public school classrooms after all. Rep. Rob Eissler (R- The Woodlands) whose House Bill 18 wanted to move the state to a cap of 25 students in each classro ... More >>
Either still in the hole or way aheadCould the Houston ISD have cut too much? According to Chief Financial Officer Melinda Garrett today, the latest news from the state Legislature is that if the so-called Eissler (Rep. Rob Eissler, R-The Woodlands) amendment is adopted, the district may hav ... More >>
Texas Monthly's eagerly anticipated list of Best & Worst Legislators is out, and one thing is clear: Tomball and its environs are a sticking cesspit of ineptitude and hackery.Two of the top ten bad legislators on the list (a list which is generally accepted to be nonpartisan) are from the town n ... More >>
For the last couple years, Clear Lake's John Cobarruvias has been outing local representatives who get slipshod with campaign finances, and he's filed numerous complaints to the state legislature's Ethics Commission. Now he's after the commission for taking it easy on the reps who violate the law. ... More >>
A model student-athlete unthinkingly brings a knife to school and ends up in jail, then expelled. Why one-size-fits-all discipline fails kids.