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Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

H-E-B CEO Charles Butt pledges $100M to public schools nonprofit

Touting a $100 million investment from H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt, public school officials on Tuesday announced the creation of the Holdsworth Center, a nonprofit organization that will work with school districts.

Friday, July 18th, 2014

White House appoints former Kyle mayor to education post

Former Kyle Mayor Lucy Johnson has won a presidential appointment as the deputy assistant secretary in charge of rural outreach efforts for the U.S. Department of Education.

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Video: Campbell, Isaac in Texas Tribune’s ‘hot seat’

State Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, and state Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, talked about water, transportation, public education and other issues in play in the 83rd session during a Texas Tribune event on Tuesday at Texas...

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...

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...

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Election 2012 Video: State Board of Education (Ken Mercer vs. Rebecca Bell-Metereau vs Mark Loewe)

An absentee State Board of Education District 5 member KEN MERCER took heat form his Democratic and Libertarian opponents for supporting the teaching of Creationism in public schools under the guise of science. REBECCA BELL-METEREAU, a Texas...

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

PAC: High school football imperiled by vouchers

As they prepare for a battle over school vouchers during the next legislative session, a liberal advocacy group is calling attention to a program that few thought was under immediate threat in Texas: High school football.

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Letter: Isaac’s merit pay for teachers is right on the money

In a letter to the editor, Kyle resident MICHELLE CHRISTI writes that State Rep. Jason Isaac's support of tying educator's compensation to their performance is a common sense reform.

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Letter: Isaac offers common sense on schools funding

In this letter to the editor, Wimberley school board president JENNIFER ANDERSON praises State Rep. Jason Isaac for his commitment to improving the state's public education systems.

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Texas schools cope as classes expand, staffs shrink

Texas Education Agency data for the 2011-12 school year show that the number of elementary classes exceeding the 22-student cap has soared to 8,479 from 2,238 last school year.

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