Texans for Education Reform

Statesman: State should reconsider some charter school mandates

August 27, 2014
Austin American- Statesman
Every year, American YouthWorks opens its doors to dozens of students who see the charter school as their last hope. Many of them arrive at the school’s doorsteps because of an inability to succeed in traditional high school classrooms or because life obstacles placed the usual academic path out of their reach. The majority come from low-income families.

Virtual schools offer an alternative public education

August 27, 2014
For about 200 Texas students their school supply list included a computer with high-speed internet, a headset and a microphone. They attend a virtual school.

Space Cadets: STEM Program Gives Students Control of Satellites

August 27, 2014
To spark STEM inspiration, one tech company is reaching for the stars.

Lawmakers grill Texas education chief over STAAR

August 26, 2014
San Antonio Express-News
AUSTIN — In a rare moment of agreement, Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte took a break Tuesday from wrangling over debate dates and policy disputes to grill education officials on the continued feasibility of state testing methods.