Charter school bill, SB2, moves from Education Committee to Texas Senate

I’ve been following the progress of SB2, a bill that would make big changes to charter school laws in Texas, including raising the charter cap. This post is about the bill’s introduction in February; this post is about Senator Dan Patrick‘s visit to IDEA Carver last Friday… Continue Reading

Education Commissioner Williams speaks at charter schools conference about advocacy

Education Commissioner Michael Williams spoke at the Texas Charter Schools Association Conference this week. “Texas education commissioner urges charter schools to tout work to legislators”, Kelley Shannon, Dallas Morning News, December 4, 2012. Williams advised charter schools about the coming… Continue Reading

New Education Commissioner Williams asks for waiver from “No Child Left Behind”

Newly-appointed Education Commissioner Michael Williams is seeking a waiver from “No Child Left Behind.” “Texas to seek relief from No Child provisions”, Lindsay Kastner, San Antonio Express-News, September 7, 2012; “In Surprise Move, Texas to Apply for NCLB Waiver”, Michele McNeil,… Continue Reading

Michael Williams appointed Education Commissioner

Some of the rumors were true: Michael Williams will succeed Robert Scott as Education Commissioner. “Perry names first black education commissioner”, Gary Scharrer, San Antonio Express-News, August 27, 2012. Williams is known for supporting charter schools and school vouchers. “Michael Williams to Head Texas… Continue Reading

Potential Texas Education Commissioner appointees

Time for even more rumors about the next Texas Education Commissioner. “Speculation rises about next Texas education commissioner”, Shirley Jinkins, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, July 6, 2012. The latest short list: Rob Eissler, recently Texas State Representative for District 15 (The Woodlands) and chair… Continue Reading

Rumors about the short list for a new Texas Education Commissioner

Republican blogger Sonja Harris is calling on her readers to contact Governor Rick Perry to show support for Charlie Garza as the new Texas Education Commissioner. SBOE Member Charlie Garza Needs Our Help!, Sonja Harris, Texas GOP Vote blog, June… Continue Reading