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January 27, 2015

States Are Losing Power Over Classroom Materials, and Districts Are Gaining It

The number of states that exert direct control over districts' choice of instructional materials through state funding has dipped from roughly 25 to 18 in recent years.

January 23, 2015

In NCLB Waiver Dispute, Texas Tells Feds: Don't Mess With Our Principles

The U.S. Department of Education says the Lone Star State has more than a dozen issue areas to address with its teacher evaluation system.

January 23, 2015

Ed. Dept. and Texas Tussle Over Teacher Evaluation

The feds told Texas that its teacher evaluation system isn't coming close to cutting the mustard when it comes to what's expected for states with NCLB waivers.

December 12, 2014

Houston to Open Arabic Immersion Elementary School

Arabic classes have failed to become a common offering in U.S. public schools despite a 2006 initiative by former President George W. Bush to increase the number of U.S. citizens learning, speaking and teaching the language.

December 01, 2014

Texas Charter Operator Agrees to Change Enrollment Policies After Federal Probe

Investigators with the Education Department's office for civil rights found that English-language learners and students with disabilities were significantly underrepresented on campuses run by the state's largest charter school operator.

November 21, 2014

Majority of Texas Social Studies Textbooks Approved Despite Controversy

Nearly all of the social studies textbooks that were being considered by the Texas board of education have been sanctioned for use next school year.

November 20, 2014

Fate of Controversial Texas Social Studies Textbooks Still Unsure

The Texas state board of education did not grant preliminary approval for the series of social studies textbooks it was considering, which both liberal and conservative groups have alleged contain distortions.

November 06, 2014

Student Solutions to Significant Global Problems

How is society going to address pressing global issues? Hear how some students are making a difference.

October 23, 2014

Election 2014 Caravan of Delights: Texas Gubernatorial Race

State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) and Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) are facing off in the Texas gubernatorial election this year.

October 10, 2014

No Benefits to Merging Texas' Large School Districts, Report Says

A recent study in Texas found that consolidating some of the state's largest school districts would raise the costs of education and decrease student performance.

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