UT’s Evacuation Timing Questioned

Sep 17, 2012 By Sonia Smith

The university received a phone call at 8:35 a.m. warning that explosions would happen in ninety minutes, but an evacuation was only ordered at 9:50 a.m, 15 minutes before the bombs would have gone off. 

The Kids Are All Right

Aug 31, 2012 By Francesca Mari

Meet eight of this year’s valedictorians, the products of schools across Texas, from El Paso’s Silva Health Magnet to Houston’s Westbury High.

The Big Test

Jul 31, 2012 By Paul Burka

Before Robert Scott stepped down as the state’s education commissioner in July, he told anyone who would listen that high-stakes standardized exams were ruining the public schools. But is it too late to learn from his lesson?

Class Warfare

Mar 1, 2012 By Paul Burka

Since 1984, the State of Texas has battled one school finance lawsuit after another. In nearly every case, the system has been ruled unequal, unfair, and unconstitutional—yet it remains largely unchanged. Will this time be any different?

Tweaks to STAAR Exam Rollout

Feb 15, 2012 By Sonia Smith

State senator Florence Shapiro says that the Texas Education Agency can (and should) waive the requirement that tests count toward fifteen percent of final grades this year.

UT Law Dean Asked to Resign

Dec 9, 2011 By Sonia Smith

As a compensation scandal unfolds, the University of Texas Law Dean, Larry Seger, resigned at the request of university President Bill Powers.

City Girl

Sep 30, 2011 By Jake Silverstein

Some writers are journeymen, always on the road. Others work and rework the same ground, eventually becoming identified with the places they inhabit. In this second category you often find journalists and novelists who take their inspiration from huge and fascinating cities, urban ecosystems with enough tragedy, comedy,…

Talkin’ About an Education

Apr 30, 2011 By Jake Silverstein

The U.S. Constitution says nothing about public education, but all the state constitutions have clauses addressing it, and reading through them is a mildly inspiring way to spend half an hour. Arkansas: “Intelligence and virtue being the safeguards of liberty and the bulwark of a free and good government, the…

Night of the Living Ed

Apr 30, 2011 By Nate Blakeslee and Jake Silverstein

With public education facing an estimated $7 billion in cuts, the question on everyone’s mind is, Are Texas schools doomed? So we assembled a group of dinner guests (a superintendent, advocates on both sides, an education union rep, and the commissioner of the Texas Education Agency) to find out. Check, please?

The Super

Aug 31, 2010 By Mimi Swartz

After a year on the job, the superintendent of the largest school district in Texas is loathed and loved in equal measure. Does that mean he’s doing his job?

Facts of Life

Jun 30, 2010 By Megan Giller -- DUPE

When my sixth-grade “little sister” asked me some tough questions, I had some of my own: How do you talk to teenagers about sex?

Center of Gravity

Mar 1, 2010 By Paul Burka

Who can challenge Republicans on the State Board of Education? A different kind of Republican.

A Beautiful Mind

Dec 1, 2009 By Kristin Ellertson

Terry Stickels is combining his love of puzzles with spreading awareness of Alzheimer’s disease in his new book, The Big Brain Puzzle Book .

Unhealthy Living

Jun 30, 2009 By Pamela Colloff

Texas school districts will no longer be required to offer health classes—and that’s just sick.

Create University-High School Partnerships

Apr 30, 2009 By elsamurano

Our state’s demographic tsunami is waist deep and rising daily. If we don’t bring more historically underserved students into higher education, we will face a lower standard of living as we fall behind in economic competitiveness. Higher education needs to institutionalize the pathways to a college degree in our…

Let’s Talk About Sex

Mar 1, 2009 By Katy Vine

Ninety-four percent of Texas high school students receive abstinence-only education. More than half of these teens are losing their virginity. So what do the majority of Texans really want their kids to know about sex? 

Slow to Evolve

Dec 1, 2008 By Katy Vine

The reason so many Texans testified in favor of strong language supporting evolution in the TEKS is because they’re having to play defense and they’re losing.

Out of Sight

Jul 31, 2008 By Pamela Colloff

For the 140 full-time, residential students lucky enough to be enrolled there, the Texas School for the Blind is “heaven,” “home,” and “the first place I had friends.”

Margaret Spellings

Apr 30, 2008 By Evan Smith

“If someone can show me a way that we’re going to attend to the needs of kids without finding out where they are, without diagnosing the problem, I’m all ears. But it’s not possible.”

Hector Montenegro

Feb 1, 2008 By Texas Monthly

Green buildings, awesome movie theaters, and high-speed semiconductors won’t be worth much if we fail to educate our kids, more and more of whom can’t speak English when they enter the school system. Good thing this California native, who was picked by the League of United Latin American Citizens as…

Wendy Warren, High School Teacher

Aug 31, 2007 By Texas Monthly

Warren was born and raised in New York but has lived in Houston for more than twenty years. She is an eleventh-grade U.S. history teacher at Hastings High School, in the Alief Independent School District, which serves one of the state’s most ethnically diverse student populations. More than sixty languages…

Sounds Like Teen Spirit

May 31, 2007 By Cecilia Ballí

Each year, some 55,000 talented high school musicians try out for 1,500 chairs at the Super Bowl of band geekery: the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention in San Antonio. Once upon a time, I made the cut.

Acting Up

Nov 1, 2006 By Katy Vine

At the Giddings State School, violent teenagers come to terms with their horrific crimes—and learn how to avoid committing them again—through role-playing exercises in a jailhouse version of group therapy. This is what your tax dollars are paying for? Well, it works. For a while, at least.

Agent of Change

Nov 1, 2006 By Paul Burka

In four years as president of Texas A&M University, former CIA director Robert M. Gates—who knows a thing or two about leading a strong, hidebound, misunderstood culture—has left few areas of campus life untouched. But putting sushi in the dining halls is nothing compared with overhauling the Aggie brand.