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Abbott’s school finance fix may just be a Trojan Horse for the tax caps he’s been after all along

Abbott’s school finance fix may just be a Trojan Horse for the tax caps he’s been after all along

Now that the election is over, we return back to our reality. Things at the state house remain functionally the same—tax-averse Republicans everywhere. Our schools also remain, according to almost any educator you ask, underfunded. Gov. Greg Abbott’s commission on public school finance may have been little more than a discussion of how to season…

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School building renamed to honor Bill Davis’s legacy. A legacy of making things better.

School building renamed to honor Bill Davis’s legacy. A legacy of making things better.

The outcome of last Monday’s vote to rename the technology building at Rhodes Middle School in honor of Bill Davis— the teacher killed in a car accident on a mission to Uganda this summer—was a foregone conclusion. No one opposed it, and the tribute was more than well-earned. However, one of the beautiful things about…

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Texas Commission on Public School Finance: all that for nothing?

Texas Commission on Public School Finance: all that for nothing?

Everything you thought you knew about school finance is about to change. And by “you” I mean most Texans, who know very little about school finance. And that’s how much is likely to change as a result of the governors Commission on Public School Finance—very little. On Tuesday, the public saw the recommendations of the…

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What does it look like when educators design their own schools? SAISD is about to find out.

What does it look like when educators design their own schools? SAISD is about to find out.

It’s not uncommon for educators to feel like they are too boxed-in by layers of standardization to be able to meet the needs of their students. Students can’t be standardized. Rather than continuing to try to apply more pressure to a single model, in hopes that it will suddenly work for students it has never…

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What I did this summer…took my white anxiety and preschool daughter to the Memorial for Peace and Justice

What I did this summer…took my white anxiety and preschool daughter to the Memorial for Peace and Justice

The first word my four-year-old learned this summer was “lynching.” I took her on a road trip from our home in San Antonio, Texas, to Montgomery, Alabama, to see the Memorial for Peace and Justice. It’s a stunning six-acre immersive memorial dedicated to the 4,400+ victims of lynching in the United States. Since it opened…

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South San methodically pulling levers to win back students and improve schools

South San methodically pulling levers to win back students and improve schools

South San Antonio ISD is working harder than ever to remake their district. For as much energy and ink as its board controversy consumed for decades, the schools themselves have kept their head above water, academically speaking. South San ISD is losing students. Its student population has dropped 14 percent since the 2013-14 school year,…

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