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AUSTIN – Enrollment in Texas public schools continues to climb, growing by 19 percent over the past decade and by more than 59 percent over the past 26 years, according to a new report released today by the Texas Education Agency.

The group that launched the home-rule charter effort in Dallas ISD unveiled a draft constitution this week that would overhaul how the district operates and is governed.

Just a few years ago, the attendance rate at Davis Middle School was among the worst in the San Antonio Independent School District. Students were falling behind on course work and being held back a grade, saddling teachers with a population tougher to educate and more likely to lose hope that they could regain their academic footing.

Sixteen-year-old Diana De La Fuente lives in East Austin, but she hated the idea of going to high school there.

The state revoked the charter of Honors Academy, a network of seven charter schools in the Dallas area, back in June. But you wouldn’t know that from Honors Academy’s website.

Charter schools nationally are about as good as traditional public schools at educating students, at least when it comes to standardized test scores.

When headlines in May bemoaned stagnant statewide scores on the STAAR tests, Jeannie Stone’s reaction was “Not in Wylie!”

AUSTIN - For the past several weeks, state lawmakers have been meeting to discuss how to better fund public education in the wake of a court ruling calling Texas' school finance system inequitable, inefficient and illegal.

AUSTIN–State high school curriculum standards, particularly in math and science, need to better align with college expectations, key education officials told lawmakers Monday.

Last year, the charter school network Yes Prep announced major plans to expand outside of its home in Houston.