NOT THAT LONG AGO, WHAT HAPPENED BETWEEN A SCHOOL BOARD AND A HEAD COACH WAS THE BUSINESS OF THE COMMUNITY WHICH BOTH SERVED. BUT AS MEDIA CHANGES, SO DOES THAT DYNAMIC, AND SUDDENLY, MESSY DIVORCES BECOME STATEWIDE NEWS. view article arw

Five transgender Texans explained to the Tribune what goes into making decisions about using public restrooms, including considerations for the comfort of others and reflections on how strangers perceive their gender. view article arw

Interesting read! - js -  President Trump’s first federal budget proposal seeks a $168 million increase for charter schools, which is a 50 percent funding increase from the current level set by the previous Obama administration. For Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, charters are one tool in the school choice tool box that they say will be front and center of their education reform agenda.   view article arw

Last year, the Texas Supreme Court called our state’s school funding system awful, inadequate and basically a mess – yet still ruled that it met some minimum standard for Texas students. When I asked one legislator to explain this, he said that only three or four people in Texas understood the school finance system — and he wasn’t one of them. Another legislator told me that it’s not about the funding, because if a teacher is good, he or she could just teach “under an ol’ shade tree.” Neither conversation inspired confidence. I’ve talked with many Texans about school funding, and here’s what they say: • We underfund Texas schools. • The system for sharing it is totally screwed up. • Property taxes are way too high. view article arw

Dinner with Diane

March 2006:21 AM
 

Diane Ravitch, the 2014 Friends of Texas Public Schools Friend of the Year honoree, will share her powerful arguments against the privatization of public schools and high stakes testing at our Dinner with Diane event on March 29. Author of Reign of Error and former Undersecretary of Education for George W. Bush, Ravitch is the foremost authority on the destructive effects of high stakes testing and privatization. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to dine with Diane… and Friends of Texas Public Schools! view article arw