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

Achievement School District SB1718 fails on point of order

As explained in this earlier post, SB1718 would have established a statewide Achievement School District to oversee the most troubled schools in Texas. Unfortunately, the bill failed in the House on a point of order filed by Rep. Armando Walle (D-Houston). (Sen. Royce… Continue Reading

Achievement School District SB1718 scheduled for Tuesday vote; please call Reps. Villarreal and Rodriguez

What is the legislature doing this session to improve education? This blog has covered SB2, the charter school bill, which passed the House last week (earlier post), and HB2976, the parent trigger bill (earlier post). Another policy that would improve… Continue Reading

Hispanic voices for education reform measures, including parent trigger and an Achievement School District

A child’s future should not be hindered or dictated by economic status, place of residence or personal aspiration that does not conform with a one-size-fits-all curriculum and poor performing schools that never seem to change. Every parent and student should… Continue Reading