Proposed state changes would create a new scoring system to fast-track expansion of high-performing charters while keeping others from opening new schools.
University of Texas researchers concluded most passages in the 2019 STAAR reading and writing exams fell within or below the test’s grade level.
Texas state officials announced they plan on taking over the state’s largest school district.
Compared to the nation, Texas’ fourth-grade math and reading scores were flat; eighth-grade scores stayed the same in math and fell significantly in reading.
Texas is spending more than $20 million a year in state and federal dollars on districts and outside consultants working to give individual schools more freedom from state and local regulations.
Lawmakers have reached a final deal to increase public education funding and cut school district taxes – and it includes teacher raises and all-day pre-K.
Texas’ top political leaders announced that the Legislature had reached agreements on top priorities, including school finance and property tax reform.
State Rep. Dan Huberty tabled until 2021 a proposal to pay for long-term school district tax cuts by raising the state sales tax.
The House and Senate will have to negotiate their significant differences over the bill – including how to offer teacher pay raises and property tax relief – in a conference committee before it can be signed into law.
The fast-tracked revision and vote came a day after the House OK’d a property tax reform bill, making it contingent on the passage of school finance reform.