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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, center, leaves a news conference with Senate Education Committee Chairman Larry Taylor, right, and Sen. Eddie Lucio, left, after presenting a package of legislation, including education-related bills, at the Texas Capitol in Austin on March 3.
—Eric Gay/AP

Texas Lawmakers Wrangle a Herd of Education Bills

School choice, a state-run district, teacher evaluations, and K-12 funding are among the issues facing legislators now in the midst of their biennial session. (March 31, 2015)

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04/13 05:11 pm | Why Every Teacher Can (and Needs to) Bust Out of the Cage | Classroom teachers have more power to change a school than they think.

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04/17 05:15 pm | Mississippi Passes New School Choice Program for Students with Special Needs | The parents of 500 Mississippi special needs students will receive $6,500 to pay for their children's education, including therapy, tutors and even private school ...

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High-choice cities such as New Orleans and Denver have tried to simplify the school-selection process for families, but challenges remain.
January 20, 2015 - Education Week
Good laws are important, but they aren't the only key to successful charter schools, Nina Rees and Todd Ziebarth say.
January 20, 2015 - Education Week
A state-appointed receiver for the York, Pa., school system plans to tap a for-profit charter network to run the district's eight schools.
January 6, 2015 - Education Week
Lawmakers and governors—new and re-elected—are likely to turn their attention to standards, testing, funding, and school choice when the curtain rises on the 2015 legislative season.
December 9, 2014 - Education Week
Ensuring that charter schools don't turn away students with special needs and English-learners is the goal of secret-caller programs in the District of Columbia and Massachusetts.
December 5, 2014 - Education Week
School choice programs and efforts to overhaul education funding systems could get a boost from the wave of new and re-elected Republican governors and state lawmakers.
November 7, 2014 - Education Week
As the charter sector matures, it faces increasing pressure to close schools that fail to perform—a situation that could become more common.
November 4, 2014 - Education Week
The underwhelming performance of many charters should be a call to action, Richard D. Kahlenberg and Halley Potter say.
October 28, 2014 - Education Week
October 27, 2014 - Education Week
Midterm elections and forceful advocacy efforts could reverse long-held resistance in Alabama, Kentucky, and Nebraska.
October 21, 2014 - Education Week

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