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July 22, 2013

Texas Seeks Waiver From Feds on Test Exemptions

Texas is waiting on a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education to exempt certain students from reading and math tests.

June 04, 2013

Texas Poised to Expand Virtual Education Through Online Network

Texas legislation that has reached the desk of Gov. Rick Perry would allow nonprofits and private companies to offer courses through a statewide virtual network.

April 02, 2013

Texas K-12 Chief's Interesting Relationship With State Lawmakers

Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has said he will implement an A-F school accountability system without lawmakers' approval.

February 05, 2013

Texas School Finance System Violates State Constitution, Judge Says

A Texas judge has ruled that the state's K-12 funding system is inadequate, setting up a showdown in the state supreme court.

February 04, 2013

Gov. Perry Pushes for More Charters, Vouchers in Texas

In a speech to the state board of education, Gov. Rick Perry advocated for opening more charter schools and implementing a voucher program in Texas.

December 18, 2012

Teachers Should Carry Guns at School, Texas and Okla. Lawmakers Say

Lawmakers in Oklahoma and Texas have proposed allowing school staff members to be armed in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.

August 28, 2012

Tea Party Activist Named Texas Schools' Chief

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, has tapped a tea party activist and former federal education department official to be the next chief of the Texas Education Agency. Michael Williams, who ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House in the 25th Congressional district GOP primary this year, will succee...

January 11, 2012

Testing Champion Romney Sails to N.H. Victory

The former governor has the longest roster of education advisers among the GOP candidates. And he has a record in the Bay State of championing standards-based reform.

December 30, 2011

Biggest State Stories of 2011: Perry, Political Battles, Pensions

Readers were keenly interested whether Texas Gov. Rick Perry, an critic of President Obama's education policies, would jump into the White House race, which he eventually did.

November 15, 2011

Gov. Perry Would Scrap the U.S. Department of Education

The Texas governor and GOP presidential hopeful now officially says the Education Department be one of three he'd get rid of if elected.

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