Tag: Texas Education Agency

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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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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In becoming a “System of Great Schools,” SAISD is fighting for its life

In becoming a “System of Great Schools,” SAISD is fighting for its life

In a recent candidate forum with the advocacy group TX Charter Revolution, Matt Beebe, who hopes to take the seat vacated by retiring public school champion and Texas Speaker of the House Joe Strauss, characterized the relationship between charter networks and traditional school systems as heading toward an unfortunate “us and a them” mentality. He…

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Texas School Finance Commission: You get the teacher you pay for

Texas School Finance Commission: You get the teacher you pay for

When Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath was Dallas ISD Trustee Mike Morath, he championed a performance-based teacher salary system. Three years in, student outcomes are up, teachers are happy, and it’s going very well, DISD superintendent Michael Hinojosa told the Texas School Finance Commission, except that it’s bleeding the district dry. “We’ve put all our…

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