Education

Charters v. PEG

Feb 6, 2013 By Texas Monthly and Paul Burka

As most readers know, one of the battles of the 83rd Legislature is likely to occur over the use of public funds for private schools. Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst and Senator Dan Patrick are backing the proposal. (At a recent Texas Tribune event, Speaker Straus urged caution on the issue.) The…

School finance decision expected today

Feb 4, 2013 By Paul Burka

State district judge John Dietz is set to rule today following closing arguments in the school finance litigation. His decision could have huge ramifications for the state budget. It’s hard to argue that the state’s support for public education meets either the efficiency standard or the adequacy standard. The target…

My Montrose

Jan 24, 2013 By William Broyles

Forty years (and more) of the exuberant, eclectic neighborhood where I was born, grew as a writer, and found inspiration for the early pages of this magazine.

Rand Paul Talks Ron Paul

Jan 21, 2013 By Jason Cohen

In a Q&A with the Atlantic, Kentucky senator Rand Paul handicaps his father's presidential campaign and its larger impact on the Republican Party.

Confessions of a Seventh-Grade Texas History Teacher

Jan 21, 2013 By John Spong

Bobby Jackson has taught students in the Aransas County school district about the Plains Indians, the Battle of San Jacinto, and Spindletop since the state celebrated its sesquicentennial. How he does it bears no resemblance to the class I took when I was stuck in middle school.

A Q&A With Mimi Swartz

Jan 21, 2013 By Stephanie Kuo

The executive editor on the controversial superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, the politics involved in public education, and how parents need to be more vocal and vigilant.

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Super Collider

Jan 21, 2013 By Mimi Swartz

Terry Grier is the hard-charging, reform-minded, optimistic superintendent of the largest school district in the state. He’s also the most divisive, embattled, and despised man in Houston. Did it have to be this way?

The Good Book and the Bad Book

Jan 20, 2013 By John Spong

When parents at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, in Austin—where the Capital City’s moneyed elite have educated their kids for more than fifty years—rebelled against the teaching of Brokeback Mountain, it was, you might say, a learning experience for everyone involved.

Schoolhouse Rocked

Jan 20, 2013 By John Spong

How an angry parent’s e-mail turned an elite Houston private school into a political battleground.

Over Time

Jan 20, 2013 By Brian D. Sweany

Eleven years later, the Permian High School Panthers remember Friday Night Lights, the book that put them—and Odessa—on the map.

Lesson Learned

Jan 20, 2013 By Steve Thompson

William Martin talks about how charter schools could fundamentally change the Texas education system.

Lowe and Behold

Jan 20, 2013 By Paul Burka

An open letter to the lucky new chair of the most dysfunctional agency in Texas, the State Board of Education.

Why Juan Can’t Read

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Hart

In 2006 Texas schools still can’t teach English to Spanish-speaking students. Here’s what we should do about that—now.

Reading Laura Bush

Jan 20, 2013 By Skip Hollandsworth

Thanks to her fight against illiteracy, the first lady of Texas is getting more attention than most of her predecessors— and much more than she’d like.

The Non-Conformist

Jan 20, 2013 By Victoria Loe

Meet one very talented teacher, who, since he hadn’t ingested the required amount of educational gobbledygook, lost his job.