Charter school bill SB2 conference report passes Texas House and Senate, goes to Governor Perry

At the time of my previous post, the charter school bill (SB2) was in the hands of the conference committee to work out a combined version. The conference version raises the charter cap over time and changes the processes for authorizing and closing charters,… Continue Reading

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

Charter school bill SB2 in the hands of the conference committee

As discussed in this earlier post, the charter school bill—SB2—passed the Texas House of Representatives last week. The House version is different from the Senate version, so now the bill will go to a conference committee to work out a compromise within a… 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

Coverage of charter school bill SB2 passing Texas House last week

Expanding on this earlier post, here is more coverage of charter school bill SB2 passing the Texas House of Representatives last week. The vote was 114-23 on the third reading. “Senate Bill 2 passes Texas House”, Tracy Young, Texas Charter Schools Association news release, May… 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

Call and write your representatives to support SB2 charter school bill at Thursday vote

As I mentioned earlier, the Texas House of Representatives is expected to vote on SB2, the charter school bill, this week, but it’s been pushed back to Thursday. Although it’s gone through a lot changes since its introduction, the bill… Continue Reading

Call Rep. Lyle Larson on May 13-14 to support SB2 charter school bill

The Texas House of Representatives is expected to vote on SB2, the charter school bill, this week—probably Wednesday. (Here’s an earlier post about SB2 making it out of the House Committee on Public Education.) This bill is important because, among… 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