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The Texas Tribune

While small numbers of Texas voters believe spending on public and higher education is too high, pluralities think the state is not spending enough, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / KUT News

The legislative session just ended. After 140 days of proposals, politicking and press conferences, we’re catching up on what actually passed and how it will change Texas.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment of Texas’s 85th Legislature was the demise of a bill that would have added more than half a billion dollars in funding for the state’s public schools.

Lessons From A Substitute Teacher

Oct 3, 2016
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Nicholson Baker earned just $70 a day working as a substitute teacher in Maine public schools. What he gained, though, was a wealth of insight as to what happens in the American education system.

Texas Public Schools Are Poorer, More Diverse

Dec 9, 2015
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

If you stepped into a classroom at one of Fort Bend Independent School District’s campuses, you’d probably find one of the most diverse groups of students in the state.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Most public high schools in Dallas aren’t measuring up, according to the latest Texas School Guide from Children At Risk. Every public school is rated in the guide from the non-profit that does education research.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Public schools and charter schools often have relationships that range from wary to downright hostile. But in the Spring Branch school district, covering parts of Houston, they’re co-existing -- in the same buildings. Could this unusual partnership -- one of just a handful across the country -- be a model for North Texas? 

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

An education partnership in Spring Branch ISD near Houston puts some charter school students in public schools. On Thursday, we heard from teachers and administrators on how the plan is working. Today, we hear from teacher groups that are leery of the experiment.

Children at Risk

Spanish and English guides for Dallas and Fort Worth public schools just came out from the non-profit organization Children at Risk.

The number of first-year teachers hired in Texas public schools has dropped significantly, according to a report in the Houston Chronicle.

Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

For eighth grade students heading to high school, summer’s supposed to be a fun time. But for one Mesquite girl, it’s been kind of stressful. In this installment of KERA’s series Class of ’17, we meet Alex Gutierrez who didn’t have the math grades to get into the private high school she wanted. Now, she’s going to have to get through summer school to advance to the ninth grade.

Courtney Collins / KERA News

Many Texas lawmakers said their top priority for the legislative session that just ended was to improve public education.  So what did they accomplish?

As part of KERA’s American Graduate initiative, three North Texas legislators came to our studios to talk education: Rep. Helen Giddings, a Dallas Democrat; Rep. Diane Patrick, an Arlington Republican, and Rep. Jason Villalba, a Dallas Republican.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

School districts and their lawyers hope a state judge’s ruling will force Texas to spend more money on public education.

Bill Zeeble / KERA

North Texas parents are complaining the state demands too many tests for their kids to succeed in school.

Some headlines today – including ours – focused on the high number Dallas and Fort Worth schools Texas just declared academically unacceptable. Here’s a different perspective on the numbers.

Several months ago, we heard from a listener after a state legislator talked about the great potential in charter schools.  Bret Wooten felt more should be said about the great potential offered by traditional public schools.  Here’s his commentary.

I have a degree in industrial electronics, a U.S. patent, had my poetry published, managed thousands of people as the director of a billion dollar company, visited all 50 states and five countries. Now, I am a husband, father and small business owner.

Oh yeah, and I’m dumb.