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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.

April 17, 2015

Texas Senate OKs Parent-Trigger Reboot, Tennessee Bill 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.

April 14, 2015

How Fair Is the Proposed Overhaul to Texas School Spending?

The lead K-12 budget writer in the Texas House of Representatives wants to change how schools in the second-largest state by enrollment are funded. How does his plan look?

April 09, 2015

Schools Could Face Another Influx of Unaccompanied Minors, Analysis Shows

While districts can estimate how many new students they will be absorbing from the border crisis, many won't know the full scope of the resources they need until students show up.

April 02, 2015

Everyone Wants an NCLB Waiver Renewal

It's official! Every single state that currently has a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act has filed for a renewal, or is about to.

April 01, 2015

Justice Department Will Investigate Dallas-Area Truancy Courts

A preliminary review by the Justice Department revealed that Dallas County prosecuted approximately 20,000 failure to attend school cases in 2014.

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