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Dallas Morning News
October 2, 2014

By Dave Lieber

“My goal as governor,” Republican candidate Greg Abbott said this week during a debate, “is to work toward elevating the Texas education system to be ranked No. 1 in the nation.”

Can’t happen. I’ll show you why.

A leap to the top requires big change. Yet built into the infrastructure of the Texas public school system is a bias against change agents.

It’s part of the culture of the Texas Association of School Boards and the regional education...

Texas Education Agency
October 1, 2014

AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today released Community and Student Engagement ratings for the state’s school districts, charters and campuses.

Under House Bill 5 passed last year by the 83rd Texas Legislature, all districts and charters are required to evaluate their performance, as well as the performance of each campus, in regard to community and student engagement. Districts must assign one of four performance ratings – Exemplary, Recognized, Acceptable or Unacceptable...

Waco Tribune
October 1, 2014


One in five students don’t graduate high school with their class, and many of those who do are not fully prepared for success in college or careers. Here in Texas, we have emerged as a leader in education and have seen graduation rates increase over the last six years. This is also the third year in a row that the Lone Star State has posted outstanding graduation rates that are among the best in the nation.

There’s no denying that...
September 29, 2014

By Lauren McGaughy

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Friday appealed to the Texas Supreme Court a district court finding that the state's school finance system is unconstitutional.

State District Judge John Dietz's Aug. 30 ruling called Texas' current school finance system inefficient and inadequate, saying it created a de facto statewide property tax in violation of state law.
The decision, a reaffirmation of his 2013 ruling, was a victory for the 600 school...

Houston Chronicle
September 26, 2014

By Ericka Mellon

A Houston-area coalition working to improve early childhood education and expand pre-kindergarten classes drew praise from former Secretary of State Colin Powell Friday.

"What you are doing is godly work," Powell told a crowd of business leaders, educators and others at Rice University. "What you are doing is vital work for the future of this country."

The group, called Early Matters, has a long way to go to secure an estimated $700 million so that all...