Texans for Education Reform

Charters Push Back Against Measure on School Closures

August 7, 2014
The Texas Tribune
In 2013, when Texas passed its first overhaul of charter school policy since 1995 — the year the publicly funded but privately operated schools were first established in the state — lawmakers included a provision intended to speed the shuttering of poor-performing schools.

Charter school announces red ribbon-cutting ceremony for new lab

August 20, 2014
Lewisville Leader
iSchool High STEM Academy will be hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at building located at 1800 Lakeway Drive for their new iFab Lab. iSchool High STEM Academy launched a “Donate to Innovate” campaign in May to raise funds to build a state-of-the-art Makerspace called the iFab Lab (Innovation Fabrication Laboratory).

Opinion: The Trouble With Tenure

August 18, 2014
New York Times
DENVER — Mike Johnston’s mother was a public-school teacher. So were her mother and father. And his godfather taught in both public and private schools.

The Public Turns Against Teacher Tenure

August 19, 2014
The Wall Street Journal
It's back-to-school season, but teacher tenure has been a hot topic since summer began. In June a California court ruled that the state's tenure and seniority laws are unconstitutional in Vergara v. State of California. Minority students have filed a similar case in New York, with more to come elsewhere.