Texans for Education Reform

New law saves Texas charter schools millions

July 25, 2014
Houston Chronicle

By Jennifer Radcliffe

A new law — House Bill 885 — that enables the Permanent School Fund to back charter school bonds has already saved KIPP Houston an astounding $10 million in financing charges.

Work together

July 24, 2014
Houston Chronicle

A child's nightmare: A popular kid moves in across the street and you have to watch the goings-on that you are not invited to. This August, KIPP Connect, a new $25 million school building, at 6700 Bellaire Blvd., will open across the street from Jane Long Academy, built in the late 1950s.

Texas Delays Rollout of New Teacher Evaluations

July 23, 2014
The Texas Tribune

By Morgan Smith

Texas will take an additional year to pilot a controversial new state teacher evaluation system, Education Commissioner Michael Williams told federal education officials Wednesday.

State seeks extra year to test new teacher evaluation system

July 23, 2014
Houston Chronicle

By Lauren McGaughy and Ericka Mellon

AUSTIN - Texas needs an extra year to try out its new system for evaluating teachers, delaying any statewide use until fall 2016, Education Commissioner Michael Williams told federal officials Wednesday.