Texans for Education Reform

Fazlur Rahman: Salman Khan’s educational genius

March 17, 2013

In the history of education, there have been two classes of learners: the privileged, who can afford to get personalized instruction, and the rest, who depend on the standard curriculum, large classes and tests.

Sewell: Texas schools need money and the flexibility to spend it effectively

March 17, 2013

We have a student body growing at a rate of about 85,000 new learners per year, and each time we grow, we become correspondingly more diverse, presenting Texas with an important question: How do you provide a high quality education to a massive group of students while also meeting the needs of each individual?

Sweeping Effort to Expand Charter Schools Faces Hurdles

March 17, 2013

When former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told Texas lawmakers recently to “go big or go home” on education reform, he offered advice that state Sen. Dan Patrick had already embraced.

An Unprecedented Opportunity for Educational Equity

March 13, 2013

Access to successful learning for all students is a powerful equalizer that drives superior educational outcomes. The importance of equal access is credited with much of the academic progress in Finland, a country without private schools or standardized tests. "Since the 1980s, the main driver of Finnish education policy has been the idea that every child should have the same opportunity to learn, regardless of family background, income or geographic location. Education has been seen first and foremost not as a way to produce star performers, but as an instrument to even out social inequality."