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Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Texas teachers have mixed opinions on bid Isaac’s bill to reduce state tests

The House Public Education Committee heard a bill that would pare back the number of required standardized tests, in line with the wave of legislation limiting high-stakes testing in public schools.

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Isaac calls for suspension of Texas’ STAAR exam

A state representative who has passed legislation aimed at reeling in Texas’ standardized testing regime is calling on the state to ditch required STAAR exams while it “tries to iron out STAAR’s many kinks.”

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

GOP state senators spar over value of pre-K spending

At an education committee hearing Tuesday, Republican lawmakers, including State Sen. Donna Campbell, debated whether a $118 million pre-K initiative championed by Gov. Greg Abbott is worth the money.

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Governor names Comal ISD superintendent to lead committee on public school accountability

Gov. Greg Abbott has named Comal ISD Superintendent Andrew Kim as chair of a working committee charged with recommending a new system for student assessment and public schools accountability.

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

UIL gears up for new statewide robotics competition

High school students creating robotic arms and small electronic vehicles will compete for a new championship title as the University Interscholastic League is launching a pilot robotics program for Texas schools.

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Video: Educators visit capitol, push to restore cuts

Ask any of the estimated 2,700 members of the American Federation of Teachers who came out Monday for the group's lobby day, and they’ll tell you their top priority is restoring the $5.4 billion in cuts made...

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Isaac’s school choice bill backs local accountability plans

Amid widespread momentum at the Legislature to restructure the Texas Education Code’s requirements for student testing, high school graduation and accountability, one lawmaker has proposed giving communities the choice to scrap state education law altogether.

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Perry backs changes to student testing requirements

Gov. Rick Perry has added his voice to the growing chorus of state leaders who support revamping the state's newly implemented student assessment system.

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

At capitol education rally, tough words for Legislature

At a rally at the Capitol on Saturday, public education advocates accused lawmakers of strangling public schools with out-of-control high-stakes testing and funding cuts.

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Amid anti-testing furor, a focus on high school courses

Following backlash over the rocky institution of a new student assessment program last spring, Texas lawmakers are scrambling to scale back the testing system they passed four years ago. As the Legislature tackles such reform, attention has...

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