May 24, 2013 3:06 pm
How The Charter School Bill Aims To Tighten Rules For Poor Performing Charters In Texas
Texas lawmakers are close to working out differences on a major education bill. It's known as Senate Bill 2. It would lift the cap of charter school contracts in Texas. But some consider another part of the bill even more important.
May 22, 2013 10:56 am
Houston Students Help Produce BBC Radio Show From School
This week, students in Houston got a special visit from an international broadcast team. Students helped produce the show World Have Your Say from the BBC, right from their school library.
May 21, 2013 6:30 am
Lessons In School Safety And Deadly Chemicals From Galena Park
Earlier this week, StateImpact's Dave Fehling reported how it's important for communities and schools to know their neighbors when deadly chemicals are next door at industrial plants. It’s also important for schools to prepare for an emergency.
May 20, 2013 4:10 pm
State Sen. Dan Patrick: 'The Era Of CSCOPE Lesson Plans Has Come To An End'
Over the last seven years, more than 800 school districts in Texas have turned to an online system for help with lesson plans. The program is called CSCOPE and was developed by the state. But its lesson plans have been controversial and subject to debate in the Texas Legislature. Now those lessons are over.
May 20, 2013 6:01 am
Why Texas Makes Kindergarteners Take Standardized Tests
High stakes testing is a hot button issue in public education. State lawmakers are poised to scale back tests in high school. But some parents are worried about tests for younger kids — as young as kindergarten.
May 16, 2013 4:51 pm
Rice University To Launch New Institute For Religious Tolerance
A Houston couple is giving Rice University nearly $30 milion dollars to start a new institute. It will work to promote religious tolerance.
May 16, 2013 3:21 pm
Study Gives New Reasons Why Recess Helps Kids In School
Think back on recess in school and maybe you remember playing kickball or swinging on monkey bars. Besides fun and games, a new study shows recess can help students in other ways.
May 14, 2013 12:29 pm
What The Failed $500 Million Bond Proposal Means For Lone Star College
Over the weekend, voters rejected a bond package worth almost $500 million for the Lone Star College System. It would have paid for more classrooms and technology upgrades, among other things. Why did the bond fail and what it means for the college?
May 10, 2013 5:44 pm
Rice University To Offer More Massive Online Courses
Across the country, universities and colleges are experimenting with new online courses with massive enrollments. Here in Houston, Rice University has not only joined the experiment, but has decided to expand the number of online classes.
May 10, 2013 2:33 pm
New Magnet Policy Will Create Online Application For Students
Magnet schools started in the 1970s as a way to desegregate classrooms. Now they're known for special academic programs, like the visual arts or health sciences. In the Houston Independent School District, the board has approved a new way to manage those programs.
May 7, 2013 3:59 pm
What's Next For Major Proposal To Change Testing, Graduation Plans In Texas Schools
With a unanimous vote in the Senate this week, Texas lawmakers took a huge step to cut back on testing in high school and changing the graduation plans for Texas students. There are still hurdles for the bill to become law — as well as concerns that it won't help all students.
April 26, 2013 3:53 pm
Study Finds Houston Teacher Bonuses Yield Benefits For Some, Not All
One trend in education across the country is to pay teachers extra based on student test scores. Here the Houston Independent School District has paid out more than $200 million dollars in teacher bonuses. A new report from Rice University tries to evaluate how effective that bonus program has been.
April 25, 2013 3:47 pm
What Technical Degrees Earn You More Money Than A Bachelor's?
Most people go to college thinking after they pay all that tuition money and get their degree, they'll make a good salary. But a new report says maybe not so much.
April 25, 2013 5:24 am
Harmony Charter Schools Receive Mixed Grades in Latest Rankings
We’ve reported this week about the latest school rankings from Children at Risk, including how charter schools fared. One charter school network got mixed grades.
April 24, 2013 3:11 pm
In Wake Of Explosion At West, New Scholarship Honors First Responders
Volunteer firefighter Jerry Chapman was one week away from his final EMT exam when he responded to the explosion at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas. He died trying to save others.
April 24, 2013 2:03 pm
Westbury High School Student Arrested For Making 'Terroristic Threat'
Police with the Houston Independent School District have arrested and charged a Westbury High School student with making a bomb threat against the school in Southwest Houston.
April 24, 2013 11:00 am
Charter School Data
April 24, 2013 5:30 am
Rankings Give More F's Than A's For Charter Elementary Schools
As we reported earlier this week, the advocacy group Children at Risk has ranked all the schools in the Greater Houston area. We take a closer look at how charter schools stack up.
April 23, 2013 5:03 pm
April 22, 2013 3:14 pm
What Do The Top Schools In Houston Have In Common?
This week, the group Children at Risk released its annual ranking of all the public schools in the Greater Houston area. For the first time, schools got letter grades, from A to F.
April 19, 2013 5:16 pm
What The Houston School District Is Considering To Cover A $52 Million Budget Deficit
In the worst case scenario, the Houston Independent School District is facing a deficit of about $73 million dollars for next school year. But the budget gap might be smaller than expected.
April 19, 2013 11:30 am
How A Charter School And A Traditional Public School Will Partner In North Houston
In public education, there are traditional schools and there are also charter schools. Both receive tax dollars. Generally, they are totally separate realms in education. But in the Greater Houston area, there’s a new partnership between a traditional school district and an award winning charter school.
April 16, 2013 4:19 pm
Texas Sen. Dan Patrick Slams National Media, Defends Education Reform Bill
We've reported how Texas lawmakers are weighing big changes to the number of standardized tests in high school and graduation requirements, like algebra II. On Tuesday, Houston's state Sen. Dan Patrick defended the measures against national criticism.
April 15, 2013 5:33 pm
HISD Technology Officer: District Wants Graduates To Be 'Good Digital Citizens'
This morning it was reported how the Klein Independent School District first prepares teachers before every high school student gets a laptop to use in class and take home. The Houston Independent School District is working on a similar plan.
April 15, 2013 5:30 am
What Did Klein School District Spend $100 Million On?
Houston School Superintendent Terry Grier wants every student from third grade on up to have a laptop. The program could start in high schools in Houston next fall. But in some suburban schools, take-home tablets are already the norm, like in the Klein Independent School District in Northwest Houston.
April 12, 2013 12:21 pm
Parents, Teachers Deliver 1,600 Signatures Against Testing To Houston School Board
At the HISD board meeting Thursday night, parents, students and teachers asked the district to stop relying so much on standardized tests.
April 12, 2013 10:43 am
New Magnet Schools For Medicine And Energy To Open In Houston
Two new magnets will open next school year in HISD. They will capitalize on two of the city's biggest industries: energy and medicine. But the plan is creating some concern.
April 10, 2013 5:50 pm
Parents, Teachers Push Houston School Board To Limit Practice Tests For Texas Standardized Exam
This month students in Houston and across Texas are taking the state's standardized exam in different subjects. It's known as the STAAR. The controversy over that test has received a lot of attention. But the practice tests leading up to STARR, also have parents and teachers worried.
April 10, 2013 5:20 am
HISD Ordered To Pay Family Back $17,000 For Son's Special Education
Earlier this year, one Houston mom spent six hours on the witness stand in her fight for her son’s special education. Despite difficult odds, the family won.
April 5, 2013 2:44 pm
Futurist Helps Houston ISD Imagine Next Generation Of Schools
The Houston Independent School District has started to negotiate contracts with design firms for its $2 billion bond program. The money will replace 40 schools. At the same time the district is trying to figure out how to build a school of the future.