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Gates Education Funded 'National Journal' Bashes Texas Textbooks

Gates Education Funded 'National Journal' Bashes Texas Textbooks

The National Journal article The Next Plan to Get Climate Denial Into Textbooks reads like a Texas-bashing manifesto from progressive education interests. Their target was a Lone Star watchdog group Truth in Texas Textbooks, a coalition of volunteer researchers, scholars, a curriculum accuracy
Texas Gets $30M Pre-K Consolation Prize From Feds

Texas Gets $30M Pre-K Consolation Prize From Feds

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell jointly announced on Wednesday, December 10 that 18 states were awarded preschool development and expansion grants totaling more than $226 million under the Preschool Development
Texas Cracks Down on ‘Diploma Mills’ Again

Texas Cracks Down on ‘Diploma Mills’ Again

In a legal action led by Attorney General Greg Abbott, the State of Texas charged Houston-based Marque Learning Center Partnership and its operators and owners as defendants for unlawfully marketing and selling fraudulent high school diplomas on Friday, December 5.
Texas Teacher Survey Has Ties to Education Progressives

Texas Teacher Survey Has Ties to Education Progressives

Last Spring, Breitbart Texas reported on a new teacher climate survey pushed through the 83rd legislative session called “Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning” or TELL Texas. In August, Texas Education Agency (TEA) statistics revealed that only about 20 percent of
Book Ban Battle Continues in Texas School District

Book Ban Battle Continues in Texas School District

In September, the Highland Park Independent School District (ISD) in the Dallas metro area pulled seven books off its approved high school English literature shelves, then put six back on, and has been bickering over one in particular ever since
Illegal Immigrant Students Increase in Texas Schools

Illegal Immigrant Students Increase in Texas Schools

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released a new 50-page report, Enrollment in Texas Public Schools 2013-2014, right before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. It identified the demographic spikes of illegal immigrant children in the state’s public schools. It also showed huge
Schools Serve Up A Common Core Thanksgiving

Schools Serve Up A Common Core Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the most uniquely American day of the year — regardless of our ethnic ancestries. It is a day of gratitude spent with family and friends, feasting on turkey with all the trimmings and watching football. Most of all,
Obama’s Executive Amnesty: Dragging Schools Down Academically?

Obama’s Executive Amnesty: Dragging Schools Down Academically?

The impact of illegal immigration on US public schools is a topic largely broached from a dollars and cents perspective. Breitbart News quoted Heritage Foundation’s Robert Rector projecting that with the President’s executive action, it will cost taxpayers nationwide upwards
Texas Social Studies Textbook Adoption Victory Only Skin Deep

Texas Social Studies Textbook Adoption Victory Only Skin Deep

On Friday, November 21, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) rendered its final decisions in on the new Social Studies instructional materials up for adoption. Following a contentious multi-month process fraught with attacks from education progressives like the Texas
Obama’s Executive Amnesty: Impact on Public Schools Shadowy

Obama’s Executive Amnesty: Impact on Public Schools Shadowy

President Barack Obama unilaterally ordered the most comprehensive overhaul of the immigration system, granting five million of the nation’s 11.4 million undocumented immigrants in the United States legal status. In his November 20 address, he effectively told illegal immigrants that
Arabic Immersion School Coming to Texas

Arabic Immersion School Coming to Texas

The Houston Independent School District (ISD) will be adding its first Arabic Language Immersion Magnet School in Fall 2015. The district’s Board of Education voted unanimously to approve plans for the new specialty public school campus at its November 13

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