Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath says despite recent improvements in public education, it's not enough. At the Dallas Regional Chamber lunch Monday, he urged hundreds of business leaders to get involved with public schools.
Texas’ next higher education commissioner will be Harrison Keller, a high-level administrator at the University of Texas at Austin and the founder of recent initiatives designed to improve college readiness and student outcomes. He will assume the post Oct 1.
Many Texas educators and advocates are frustrated in the week after the state released letter grades rating their school districts and campuses, as they work to decipher the potential impacts for their schools.
Just as school is kicking off across the state, school districts and individual campuses in Texas got their report cards Thursday. Education leaders released ratings using an A through F grading scale. Dallas got a B; Fort Worth got C — and both districts saw more failing schools.
Three Texas school districts — including the state's largest — will likely be forced to shut down their chronically underperforming schools or submit to state takeover, based on annual state ratings released Thursday morning.
Texas education leaders are welcoming the new education law signed by President Obama earlier this month. The Every Student Succeeds Act frees Texas from some federal restrictions established under No Child Left Behind.
Citing a years-long long-distance relationship with his wife in Arlington, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams informed Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday morning that he will step down from his position effective Jan. 1.
The effort to remake Dallas schools through the home-rule process has passed a crucial test. The group backing the change says it has 48,000 signatures, nearly twice as many needed to take the next step.