Camden Jamison's favorite time at Magnolia Elementary in Pearland ISD is after school, when the 10-year-old and more than 90 others gather each day to do homework, science experiments and Camden's favorite: dodgeball.  If the after-school program ended, Camden would be devastated. "I'd quit school," he said. "It wouldn't be fun just to come to school and leave."  But the Magnolia Elementary after-school program and 127 others in the Houston area are in danger of losing funds after President Donald Trump's proposed budget called for eliminating the grant that funds them. view article arw

From helping to pay for pre-K programs to teacher training, federal education funding has a direct impact on area schools — and so do proposed cuts, said Gilmer ISD Superintendent Rick Albritton. That's why many East Texas school districts are looking at a recently released budget proposal from President Donald Trump and how it would affect their programs if his proposed spending cuts are approved by Congress. view article arw

Police in Corpus Christi, Texas, are looking for a Tennessee school teacher and a student he's accused of kidnapping. view article arw

The rainy day fund contains $10-plus billion at a time when slumping oil prices have left the state facing a potential $6 billion shortfall just to maintain current spending levels in the 2018-2019 budget the Legislature is now devising. Democrats and Republicans in the House want to spend some of that to forego widespread cuts.  But in its version of the budget, the Senate avoided raiding Texas' piggy bank by using an accounting gimmick that would temporarily divert $2.6 billion previously earmarked for highway funding. House Speaker Joe Straus decried that as "counting money twice."  "I'm not interested in cooking the books just to avoid a vote on the rainy day fund," said Straus, a San Antonio Republican. view article arw

Some fifty education groups are urging lawmakers to vote against the American Health Care Act, better known as the GOP alternative to the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare to the haters. The reason? The bill, which is being pushed by both President Donald Trump and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., the speaker of the House, would make changes to the way that Medicaid is funded. It would base state allocations in part on how many people they have from a particular population. Proponents say this will help states be more creative with their Medicaid dollars, but the education groups argue that it will lead to significant cuts, to the tune of $880 billion over time. view article arw

During his address before a joint session of Congress earlier this week, President Donald Trump paused to introduce Denisha Merriweather, a graduate student from Florida sitting with first lady Melania Trump. Merriweather "failed third grade twice" in Florida's public schools, Trump said. "But then she was able to enroll in a private center for learning, great learning center, with the help of a tax credit," he continued, referring to Florida's tax credit scholarship program that allows students attend private schools. Because of this opportunity, Denisha became the first member of her family to graduate from high school and college. Trump used Denisha's story to call for his favorite education policy, school choice, asking lawmakers to "pass an education bill that funds school choice for disadvantaged youth, including millions of African American and Latino children. These families should be free to choose the public, private, charter, magnet, religious, or home school that is right for them." view article arw

I recently shared an article on my own Facebook page that was indicative of some of the proposed changes facing students and educators in House Bill 610. The future of education and the opportunities for the enrichment of all children is at my core as an educator for 30 years, a parent and a grandparent.  These proposed changes have their roots in the school voucher system proposed by new and, in my opinion, highly unqualified Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. They go far beyond offering people the opportunity to choose any school they want; they go toward dismantling some of the strongest aspects of public education and disabling the assurance of all students' rights to an education. view article arw

Victoria school district is one of 26 public school districts across Texas that are invited to apply to participate in a new leadership institute based in Austin. A presentation about the Holdsworth Center and its opportunities will be given to the Victoria school board on Thursday by Susanne Carroll, VISD executive director of curriculum, instruction and accountability. view article arw

Vouchers died in the Oklahoma legislature, for now. The sponsor of voucher legislation pulled the bill, saying he didn’t want it to squeak through. Probably, he didn’t have the votes. No reference was made, apparently, to the research showing that vouchers don’t improve academic performance and often depress it. “A divisive school-choice proposal that would create state-funded education savings accounts allowing students to attend private schools is off the legislative agenda, at least for now. view article arw

The Latest on a Kansas Supreme Court ruling on public school funding (all times local): 6 p.m. The Kansas Legislature's top leaders say a state Supreme Court ruling on education funding won't require lawmakers to change course on drafting a new school finance law. view article arw

Taking a power nap has never been easier for some high school students in New Mexico. "Sleep pods" have been installed at a few high schools in the Las Cruces area. KRQE reports that the pods let students lie on a recliner while listening to music as colorful lights shine inside. view article arw

 The Latest on a Kansas Supreme Court ruling on public school funding (all times local): 6 p.m. The Kansas Legislature's top leaders say a state Supreme Court ruling on education funding won't require lawmakers to change course on drafting a new school finance law. Senate President Susan Wagle and House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr. said their chambers of the Republican-controlled Legislature already were working on a new school funding law before the court's decision. view article arw

A federal judge on Monday ruled that three transgender students at a Pennsylvania high school, including the sister of a singer who performed at President Donald Trump's inauguration, can use bathrooms that correspond to their stated gender identities while their lawsuit challenging the school district's policy continues. The judge said in issuing a preliminary injunction that the three — two students born anatomically male who now identify as female and one born anatomically female who identifies as male — were reasonably likely to win the case on equal protection grounds. view article arw

The Trump administration is rescinding guidance issued by its predecessor on the rights of transgender students to use bathrooms based on the gender with which they identify.  The move reverses guidance the Obama administration publicized in May 2016, which said a federal law known as Title IX protects that right.  The Justice and Education departments said Wednesday the Obama documents do not "contain extensive legal analysis or explain how the position is consistent with the express language of Title IX, nor did they undergo any formal public process. This interpretation has given rise to significant litigation regarding school restrooms and locker rooms." view article arw

The confirmation of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education was a signal moment for the school choice movement. For the first time, the nation’s highest education official is someone fully committed to making school vouchers and other market-oriented policies the centerpiece of education reform.  But even as school choice is poised to go national, a wave of new research has emerged suggesting that private school vouchers may harm students who receive them. The results are startling — the worst in the history of the field, researchers say. view article arw

Brindle and Bronc Vineyard are lucky. Every school day, the young children wake up at 6 o’clock, eat a hot country breakfast, scrub the syrup off their teeth, and hop into a school Suburban that pulls up next to their rural Wyoming cattle ranch. A few miles down the highway, the Suburban turns down a gravel road and pulls up to the yellow, two-room schoolhouse in Arvada, population 43.   view article arw

In the days leading up to and after Betsy DeVos’s confirmation as secretary of education, a hashtag spread across Twitter: #publicschoolproud. Parents and teachers tweeted photos of their kids studying, performing, eating lunch together. People of all races tweeted about how public schools changed them, saved them, helped them succeed. The hashtag and storytelling was a rebuttal to DeVos, who called traditional public schools a “dead end” and who bankrolled efforts to pass reforms in Michigan, her home state, that would funnel public funds in the form of vouchers into religious and privately operated schools and encouraged the proliferation of for-profit charter schools.  view article arw

The U.S. secretary of education has vowed in speeches, in writings and in millions of dollars of campaign contributions to destroy America's public schools. The public's schools.  This is not an accusation; it is her source of pride. Betsy DeVos wants to create a "market" of "choice" in which schools are no longer public goods, democratically governed of, by, and for the people and their children, but instead, private organizations funded by our tax dollars but not governed by us, the public. Her stated "long game" is to use tax dollars to fund religious schools, specifically Christian schools.  view article arw

Early one morning, the week before Betsy DeVos' confirmation as education secretary, 23-year-old Allison Kruk was dropping her boyfriend off at the Philadelphia airport when she decided to swing by the office of her U.S. senator and give him a piece of her mind. view article arw

Tuesday was a busy day for education policy.  Betsy DeVos, you may have heard, was confirmed as secretary of education with an unprecedented tiebreaker vote.  The House of Representatives also voted to throw out a lot of rules that were decided on just last year. These rules tell states how to comply with the new federal education law with regard to identifying and improving underperforming schools, as well as evaluating teacher-preparation programs in higher education. view article arw

Longview school officials said Tuesday that they think the new secretary of education will not have the best interests of the majority of the nation's schoolchildren at heart. view article arw

WASHINGTON - The Senate is poised to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary by the narrowest possible margin, with Vice President Mike Pence expected to break a 50-50 tie.  The vote planned around 12 noon EST Tuesday will come after Democrats undertook a marathon speaking session deep into the night in a show of opposition to the nominee, Betsy DeVos. She is a wealthy GOP donor who has devoted herself to boosting alternatives to public education, sparking concerns among educators that she won't be a strong champion for the nation's public school systems. view article arw

In the final days of his presidency, Barack Obama conceded defeat in one of his boldest bids to bring more equity to public schools by pulling back controversial rules over how states and school districts must account for their education spending. The Department of Education’s withdrawal of the proposed rules, known as “supplement not supplant,” means that setting those guidelines now falls to Donald Trump, who has his own very different ideas about how federal tax dollars should be spent on K-12 education. view article arw

Charter schools and school choice are expected to be a major focus of education policy under the new Trump administration. view article arw

AUSTIN, TX — Texas Education Agency officials on Thursday released the results of a recently completed online survey centered on the state's implementation of the federal "Every Students Succeeds Act."  Known by its acronym Essa, the new federal law governing K-12 education returns much of the decision-making on education policy to the states. The process requires each state to establish a strategic vision for public education and develop an overall plan toward achieving outlined goals. view article arw

There is a growing and disturbing trend of anti-intellectual elitism in American culture. It's the dismissal of science, the arts, and humanities and their replacement by entertainment, self-righteousness, ignorance, and deliberate gullibility. Susan Jacoby, author of The Age of American Unreason, says in an article in the Washington Post, "Dumbness, to paraphrase the late senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, has been steadily defined downward for several decades, by a combination of heretofore irresistible forces. These include the triumph of video culture over print culture; a disjunction between Americans' rising level of formal education and their shaky grasp of basic geography, science and history; and the fusion of anti-rationalism with anti-intellectualism."  view article arw

A Mississippi school district has been ordered to desegregate its schools after what the Justice Department called a five-decade-long legal battle. The Cleveland School District, about two hours northwest of Jackson, was told that it must consolidate its schools in order to provide real desegregation for students in the city of about 12,000. view article arw