Texans for Education Reform

Margaret Spellings: School Accountability

July 30, 2014
Huffington Post

By Margaret Spellings

There are two inescapable realities facing American education: the growing diversity of the nation's students and the unrelenting demand for jobs that require employees to solve problems, innovate and adapt.

New law speeds closure of troubled charter schools

July 29, 2014
Houston Chronicle

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The number of troubled charter schools that are forced to close is accelerating because of a new state law that makes it easier to shutter poorly performing ones.

Inside Successful District-Charter Compacts

July 28, 2014
Education Next

By Richard Whitmire

Not far from the heart of Houston, unlikely alliance between a school district and nearby charter schools is bringing the best of both worlds to area students. As with most breakthroughs, the catalyst was simple curiosity. Duncan Klussmann, superintendent of schools for the Spring Branch school district, wondered just what was going on in those high-performing charter schools peppered around Houston, where both YES Prep and KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) operated several schools. Did they know something he needed to know?

We Must Relentlessly Fight For Education Reform

July 28, 2014
Huffington Post

By Jean-Claude Brizard

I was cleaning out my garage recently and came across a report titled "Left Behind: A Report of the Education Committee." The Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago published the document in 2003. The report was one of many artifacts that I received as CEO of the school district as part of our strategic planning exercise in the spring of 2011. It is always important to understand what has been communicated, attempted and accomplished because system leaders almost always stand on the shoulders of giants.