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Hoping to curb enrollment drops that lead to less funding from the state, the Austin school board is now welcoming students who live elsewhere to transfer to many of its campuses.
So far, there have been relatively few takers — a month after making the change, the district has received 15 out-of-district transfer requests for the 2015-2016 school year. The district hadn’t formally announced the change until now.

Two lawmakers in the Texas House have presented a plan for a major overhaul of early education in the state.

The state got a waiver to some of the requirements of No Child Left Behind in 2013, that lets it keep federal money without meeting all the law’s requirements. Forty other states have waivers, too. Texas’ waiver expires at the end of this school year, and the Texas Education Agency wants an extension.

Too many of us think it quietly, even if we don’t say it out loud: There’s not much that can be done about Dallas public schools.

AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Michael Williams floated the idea of dropping the state’s bid for a No Child Left Behind waiver Tuesday, saying he needed guidance from the education community on his decision.

Offering a window into the Senate’s key players during the upcoming legislative session, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced his committee assignments Friday.

No Texas child should be forced to attend a failing public school. Texans for Education Reform is advocating several common-sense initiatives in this year's legislative session to directly confront this problem.

AUSTIN — School districts across Texas would be merged into super districts for tax purposes under legislation the chairman of the House Public Education Committee offered Monday.

Sunday marked the five-month milestone for the Beaumont ISD board of managers, who were installed by Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams on July 21 to rectify the financial and governance problems plaguing the district.

AUSTIN — The number of campuses on the annual list of the worst public schools in Texas soared again this year as the 2-year-old rating system pulled hundreds of schools below minimum achievement levels.