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Monday, July 29th, 2013

Bid to ease testing in lower grades comes with caveat

Despite sharply reducing state testing requirements for Texas high school students, the 83rd Legislature brought only conditional relief from high-stakes exams for students in lower grades, who take a total of 17 state tests before going to high school.

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Texas student to see healthier snacks in 2014

Public school students in Texas looking to recharge with a snack during the day may find fruits and vegetables instead of sugary, high-fat snacks in the vending machines next year.

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Supreme Court sends Fisher case back to lower court

Eight months after hearing oral arguments, amid much anticipation, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sent a prospectively landmark affirmative action case involving the University of Texas at Austin back to a lower court.

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Major education bills headed to governor’s desk

Two major education bills — Senate Bill 2, which expands the state's charter school system, and House Bill 5, which changes high school testing and graduation requirements — are headed to the governor's desk after clearing the...

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Commentary: Time for San Marcos CISD to embrace ‘Trustee TV’

In this guest commentary, two city council members make the extraordinarily rare move of publicly urging their counterparts on the San Marcos CISD board of trustees to start televising their meetings.

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

San Marcos school bus struck in mini pileup on River Road

A pickup truck rear-ended a San Marcos CISD school bus and was promptly rear-ended itself by a second pickup truck at roughly 3:30 p.m. today on River Road. No one was injured in the collisions, an officer...

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Commentary: Making ‘yes’ really matter

JOHN McGLOTHIN writes, “bond elections have marked peaks in community interest in the schools, but the interest has always waned before we see the real change we need in local education. This is because new buildings do...

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

San Marcos, Wimberley voters OK school bonds, Kyle goes for roads

May 11 election returns for San Marcos, Hays, Wimberley and Dripping Springs school districts in addition to road bonds and a council election in the city of Kyle.

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

With strong early voting in the bag, Election Day is here

If early turnout is an indication — and it always is — voter participation in the San Marcos CISD construction bond and school board elections today could set a new record.

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

On Austin visit, Obama sings city’s, school’s praises

President Obama said Thursday that Austin was the perfect spot to kick off his“Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity” tour because the city was doing so many things right economically.

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