Monthly Archives: January 2016

Federal education chief downplays testing

  It remains to be seen, of course, how John B. King Jr., the new acting U.S. Education Secretary, will perform compared to his predecessor, Arne Duncan. But, whether he likes it or not, he won’t be as test-happy, thanks … Continue reading

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Good schools and a clean environment aren’t “socialism”

  The Texas Tribune had a story this week about a family of West Texas billionaires who struck it rich in the oil and gas fracking boom and are investing large amounts of their fortune in legislative candidates and a … Continue reading

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Don’t get excited about education’s Powerball share

  Predictably, as anticipation built over the huge Powerball payout this week, there was this headline on at least one TV station’s website: “Texas Schools Win Big in Powerball Jackpot.” But not really. Texas’ under-funded schools are grateful for every … Continue reading

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Judge blocks Nevada voucher program touted by Patrick

  Nevada’s new system of private school vouchers that Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was touting last week has been blocked, at least temporarily, by a Nevada judge, who ruled that the scheme, which would drain tax dollars from public … Continue reading

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