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The McNeels Choose a School, Part Two- Excuses, Experiments, and Expos

The McNeels Choose a School, Part Two- Excuses, Experiments, and Expos

Having an education reporter for a wife, Lewis McNeel rarely needs to comb through niche.com or GoodSchools.org to learn more about his local options. In fact, having an education reporter for a wife, if either of those sites were ever discovered in his browser history, he would likely be subjected to an exhausting treatise on…

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The McNeels Choose a School – Part One

The McNeels Choose a School – Part One

    For the past six years, I’ve been there every time San Antonio ISD sneezed. I’ve done so from a safe distance, where the propulsion of mucus and saliva can’t hit me. I stayed noncommittal when, hugely pregnant, an SAISD principal asked me if I would send my unborn daughter to the neighborhood school.…

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Mission creep critical at the Public School Finance Commission

Mission creep critical at the Public School Finance Commission

State Sen. Paul Bettencourt’s Revenue Working Group—a subsidiary of the Texas Commission on Public School Finance— continues to be one of the more intriguing things you can watch on Texas Capitol livestream.  The purpose, one would suppose, of the revenue working group, is to find money to fulfill the recommendations of the other working groups:…

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Great Idea: Where to find a substitute teacher in rural Nebraska

Great Idea: Where to find a substitute teacher in rural Nebraska

While conducting research for my recent Edutopia story, “Modernizing the Search for Substitute Teachers” I came across a fantastic program in rural Nebraska. While the story focused mainly on technological upgrades to the cumbersome morning process of finding substitute teachers, this win-win still relied on human capital. The North East Nebraska Teacher Academy (NENTA) deploys…

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Support and Demand: two studies explore what it means to be underserved

Support and Demand: two studies explore what it means to be underserved

When describing poverty, segregation, racial inequity, and all the other disparities in American life, the word “underserved” comes up a lot. I’ve had editors say that the word is meaningless. Others say it’s jargon. But two recent studies have put some research behind what it means to be “underserved.” The Opportunity Myth, published by The…

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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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