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Texas Ed Officials Hope STAAR Upgrades Will Prevent Test Glitches

Annual standardized testing begins in Texas this week and state education officials feel confident that the millions of dollars spent on system improvements and upgrades will prevent the many problems experienced last year when administering the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness also known as the STAAR.

Homeschoolers Question Texas ‘School Choice’ Bill

While President Donald Trump champions “school choice” on a national level and Governor Greg Abbott pledges to sign such a bill into law should one make it to his desk, some Texas homeschoolers question one piece of proposed school choice policy before the Legislature, Senate Bill 3.

Two Indicted for Texas Teen Cyber-Bullying Suicide

The tragic suicide of a Texas teen late last year left one family with few answers and even less justice until this week when authorities arrested and indicted two suspects in connection with the cyber-bullying of their daughter.

Buc-ee’s Bucking ‘Buck’s’ Out of Texas

Buc-ee’s, the iconic Lone Star State chain of roadside rest stops known for its mega-convenience stores, endless rows of gas station pumps, squeaky clean bathrooms, signature “beaver” mascot, and fabulous food, filed a lawsuit to stop an out-of-state contender with the same sounding name from honing in on the Texas chain’s turf.

Houston Schools Plan to Reconnect with At-Risk Students

Trustees at the Houston Independent School District approved a proposal to retake control over its Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP), the place where middle and high school students all too often wind up after breaking school rules, only to find themselves in the school-to-prison pipeline.

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Texas House Ed Chair Declares School Choice ‘Dead’

While President Donald Trump called upon Congress this week to pass education legislation that funds school choice for low-income students nationwide, Texas House Education Committee Chairman Representative Dan Huberty (R-Kingwood) struck a blow to school choice, declaring it a “dead” issue in the state’s current legislative session.

Texas School Apologizes for Hijab Flap

A Texas school district apologized following a reported incident where an administrator incorrectly told female Muslim students they must obtain permission from an imam to wear hijabs in school. Apparently, this was incorrect information.

Texas County Votes to Keep Federal Head Start Programs

As a battle brews between Texas Governor Greg Abbott and the Legislature over pre-kindergarten funding, the Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) board voted Tuesday to keep the federal government’s version of early education, Head Start and continuing 15 of their preschool programs.

Dallas, Ft. Worth Schools Join ‘Sanctuary’ Trend

The school districts of Dallas and Fort Worth are the latest in Texas to draft “sanctuary” policies, pledging to make their campuses safe spaces for migrant students and their families, even though federal law already protects them in public schools.

Baylor Rejects Sanctuary Campus Pitch

Baylor officials rejected a petition authored by a handful of graduate students who pushed the private university’s Christian values as progressive grounds for adopting “sanctuary campus” policies.

Austin Schools Jump on ‘Sanctuary’ Bandwagon

In a special session held Monday evening, Austin Independent School District trustees voted 9-0 to adopt a sanctuary policy resolution that strives to “create a safe and caring learning environment so as to foster a culture of trust and respect” for all students “regardless of their immigration status or the status of their parents.”