When Texas first passed its Religious Freedom Act in 1999, Scott Hochberg, then a Democratic State Representative, found a strange ally. Texas Right to Life, a pro-life organization still extant, had consistently stood opposite Hochberg's legislation never testified for Hochberg's legislation -- the ... More >>
Six years after lawmakers agreed Bible courses could be offered in Texas schools, the Texas Freedom Network finds that course offerings are neither "legally appropriate nor academically sound," according to a report released today. Lawmakers, after much wrangling that included input from Jewish Hou ... 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 >>
No DH for HochbergScott Hochberg, the Deomcratic state rep who's widely recognized as a guru on public-education issues, won't run for re-election, he announced today. The man who represents a southwest-side district says it's time to move on. "My decision should not be thought of as any co ... 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 >>
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Margaret DowningTrustee Michael Lunceford and Superintendent Terry Grier wade through another marathon budget meetingHouston ISD board members resolutely stayed anchored at the board room table for hours Monday, picking through programs, considering projections (What if there's a 3.3 percent ... More >>
Scott Hochberg has a target on his backA marathon session in the state House of Representatives has produced a proposed redistricting map, and it's bad news for two Houston Democrats: Scott Hochberg and Hubert Vo. Houston loses one district under the map, and in the game of musical chairs, i ... More >>
Margaret DowningHISD Chief Financial Officer Melinda Garrett warns there's no tax increase -- yet.It wasn't just the budget numbers that remain in free fall as Houston ISD trustees discovered at today's agenda workshop. Next fall, board members and Superintendent Terry Grier's administration ... More >>
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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 mikebairdEarlier this week, Governor Rick Perry called a press conference to announce the results of last spring's statewide Fitnessgram assessment of Texas public-school students. According to a press release, the results were based on six tests "taken by more then two million students in ... More >>
As we close in on rodeo time at the 2009 version of the Texas Legislature, education funding, as usual, will be one of the main topics. And in a dour economy, it's no secret that the degree-of-difficulty factor has just been ramped up a couple extra notches.We caught up with Scott Hochberg (D-Housto ... More >>
Are prosecutors circumventing the new law designed to preserve DNA evidence?
HISD and a paid trustee get entangled in the spreading empire of a private firm touting safe alternative schools for troubled kids. So why are some students and parents so scared?
The city of Houston is exploiting loopholes in state law to lavish big bucks on private developers
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