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January 28, 2019
Texas School Funding

Fund the schools but cut the strings

This article originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman. Reprinted with permission. What’s scarier, Texas legislators refusing adequate funding for public schools, or lawmakers providing adequate funding with a veritable cat’s cradle of strings...
August 28, 2018

The sad ABCs of the Texas’ A-F school ratings

This article originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman. Reprinted with permission. The dream of a universally educated citizenry will be killed in a premeditated attack on perhaps the most important institution of democracy there is. In fact,...
September 21, 2016
Prospects for Texas school privatization schemes

Prospects for School Privatization Schemes

Ed. note: the following column and the above political cartoon originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman . Illustration by M. Scott Byers. What is it about public education that some Texas Republican officeholders dislike so much? What has...
June 18, 2015

Top 10 Issues From the 2015 Texas Legislature

It wasn't all bad...but it wasn't all great, either. Now that the dust has settled and the 2015 Texas Legislative session is over, we've made a list of the 10 biggest issues under the pink dome. Be sure to share this list with your family and friends! 1...
September 25, 2014

Media Highlights Greg Abbott Lie on School Funding Cuts

Now Texas Journalists are also calling him out. Greg Abbott’s lie about why he's defending $5.4 billion in Tea Party cuts for Texas school children is garnering scrutiny from Texas press, calling it " the most controversial exchange " of the entire debate...
July 24, 2014

Texas Does Not Have Standardized Students

Katie Plemmons is a young teacher from Del Valle ISD. She works 50-60 hour weeks, spending money out of her pocket for classroom supplies. And in a wonderful opinion piece, she articulates the challenges of being a teacher in Texas. From her op-ed, titled...
December 18, 2013

More Teachers Leave Texas Schools Than Are Hired

Maybe this is why Greg Abbott refuses to answer questions about Texas' public schools. For the first time in Texas' history, more teachers left Texas' schools in 2011-2012 than were hired. This occurred at the same time that enrollment increased and Texas...
May 14, 2013

InfoGraphic: Why Early Education is Vital

Everyone has their own view on when a child should start school; while many kids begin to go to preschool as early as age three, some places in the world delay schooling until kids are six or seven. In studies of the US educational system, however, data...