Closed door discussions on education reform bills SB2 (charter schools) and HB5 (standardized testing)

I mentioned earlier that the charter school bill—SB2—is in the hands of a conference committee. Reports from Austin say that both SB2 and HB5, a bill to modify standardized testing requirements, are both being negotiated among members of the House, Senate, and… 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

Single-sex schools coming to Austin?

“There was a time when reading wasn’t just for fags. And neither was writing.” — Idiocracy (2006) Evidence of learning differences between boys and girls has sparked a movement for single-sex schools: for example, the National Association for Single Sex Public Education. For… Continue Reading

Departing commissioner Robert Scott predicts backlash against standardized testing

Texas Monthly senior executive editor Paul Burka interviewed Robert Scott on his last day (July 2) as commissioner and summarized the standardized testing debate. “The Big Test”, Paul Burka, Texas Monthly, August 2012. Burka asked Scott about his criticism of Texas’s standardized… 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

Changes in education leadership, local and state

Many changes are afoot in public education — locally and at the state level — and we should all be worried. The future of Texas depends on an educated workforce and the quality of that education is dependent on those steering… Continue Reading