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June 23, 2015

Dallas Schools Chief's Resignation Marks End of a Rocky Tenure

Schools chief Mike Miles, who has led the district since July 2012, often clashed with employees and school board members.

June 11, 2015

Embattled Dallas Schools Chief Defies Board, Fires Principals

Superintendent Mike Miles' own job security has been a hot topic of late after several school board members tried, but failed, to fire him in April.

June 05, 2015

Houston's Two-Way Dual-Language Programs Best for ELLs, Study Finds

In a study of the Houston Independent School District, English-language learners in two-way dual-language programs had higher Spanish reading scores and consistently higher English performance in grade 5 than their ELL peers who were not in dual language.

June 01, 2015

In Nod to Florida, Texas Lawmakers Approve A-F Grades for Schools

On May 31, Lone Star State lawmakers approved House Bill 2804, which would extend the state's current method of giving districts letter grades to individual schools.

June 01, 2015

More Than Half of Houston's 2015 Valedictorians Were English-Learners

The district is reaping the benefits of its expanding commitment to bilingual education, but the graduation rates and state test scores of language-learners are still falling below expectations.

May 13, 2015

Bills Allowing Home-School Students in District Sports Advance in Ala., Texas

Both pieces of legislation require home schoolers to meet certain academic requirements before trying out for district school sports teams.

April 23, 2015

Texas Governor's Preschool Plan Called 'Godless' by Lt. Gov.'s Advisers

Some high-profile folks in Texas have come out in "strong opposition" to the Texas legislature's plan, endorsed by the governor, to expand public preschool in the state.

April 21, 2015

Tax-Credit Scholarships Get OK From Texas Senate; House to Follow?

Although the Texas Senate has approved the bill, the Texas House of Representatives has historically been hostile to private school choice legislation.

April 21, 2015

Texas Senate Approves Tax-Credit Scholarships; Will the House Go Along?

The bill would create scholarships worth up to $6,000 each for students to put towards the cost of attending private school. That's about three-quarters of what the state spends per student on public schools.

April 17, 2015

Tale of two Parent-Trigger Bills: Texas' Moves Forward While Tennessee's Stalls

While Tennessee's parent-trigger law fizzles, Texas lawmakers moved forward with a bill that could increase the number of schools eligible for sweeping changes, including charters.

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