Monthly Archives: December 2012

A tale of two charters

  It may not exactly be the best of times and the worst of times for Austin ISD. But there is a right way and a wrong way for a school district to try to establish a charter school, and … Continue reading

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Should our schools be free-fire zones?

  Gov. Rick Perry’s initial idea for preventing more school shootings would be as ineffective as it was predictable. Let teachers and school administrators with concealed handgun licenses bring their pistols to school, he told a tea party meeting in … Continue reading

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Missing the point on graduation rates

  Whether you greeted it with applause or skepticism, the recent report crediting Texas with one of the highest high school graduation rates in the country will have a very short shelf life if the powers that be in Austin … Continue reading

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Are teacher aides luxuries?

  Remember when Gov. Rick Perry said last year that he wasn’t going to fire any school teachers? He was just going to slash the smithereens out of school district budgets – which he and his legislative allies did – … Continue reading

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