Category Archives: Public Education

Legislative committees want degree planning for Texas students enrolled in dual-credit courses

As enrollment has increased in dual-credit programs in Texas, state lawmakers have raised concerns that some high school students may be taking college courses that will not count toward their degree programs. Proposals could emerge during the regular session of … Continue reading

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Education officials expect increases in special education enrollment, spending

Texas education officials say they are anticipating increased costs for special education as the state implements a federally mandated plan to improve services for children with disabilities. The plan is expected to increase the number of students served by school district special … Continue reading

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School finance commission reviews programs for English learners

The Texas Commission on School Finance is considering the funding and effectiveness of state instruction programs for public school students who are English learners, who comprise nearly one-fifth of public school students and whose academic progress is below the state … Continue reading

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Texas Legislature reviewing Hurricane Harvey school costs

When Hurricane Harvey struck the Gulf Coast last August, it caused extensive damage to school facilities in districts that educate about 1.4 million students. The physical and economic damage left in its wake has required some students to attend school … Continue reading

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Legislature directs some pre-K spending on quality standards

The 85th Texas Legislature last year eliminated funding for a grant program designed to improve the quality of prekindergarten (pre-K) programs but adopted a budget rider requiring all districts and charter schools offering pre-K to use a portion of their regular formula … Continue reading

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