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.
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.
At three years old, Christopher Salvaggio has an IQ of 145, qualifying him to join the ranks of the high IQ society.
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?
Some 650 Aggies came out to form a human "Maroon Wall" around a College Station church where the funeral of fallen Aggie, Lt. Col. Roy Tisdale, was taking place.
After former El Paso ISD superintendent Lorenzo Garcia pled guilt to conspiracy charges, the newspaper called for five of the seven current school board members to step down.
What's more embarassing for an eight-year-old boy? School authorities forcing you to take a shower or your parents making a federal case out of the matter?
UPDATE: Judge Lanny Moriarty has vacated Diane Tran's conviction. The Willis High School junior has repeatedly missed school because she also works two jobs.
Wonks ahoy! Are virtual schools good for a students? Conflicting reports, one fromt he influential conservative think tank the Texas Public Policy Foudnation, and a reply from Progress Texas.
In San Antonio and then again in Austin, the governor addressed the controversy over the University of Texas at Austin president's position on tuition.
A new study from UT Austin researchers finds math teachers are seeing more than just the numbers when they evaluate students' competence.
Students at Cypress Ranch High School wrote and performed the song “Who Do U Think U R,” filming a music video that has already received nearly 50,000 hits on YouTube.
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?
More than 27,000 students will begin receive iPads and iPod touch devices as part of a program to upgrade educational technology and save on future textbook costs.
The governor rejected calls to revisit school finance issues during his Tuesday media blitz, but his critics say he also overstated current funding levels.
More than thirty Tivoli students brought their own lunches to school last week as part of a grassroots protest for healthier meal options.
Eighteen-year-old Monica Thieu became the youngest College Jeopardy Champion in the contest's history.
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.
The school district paid for fifth-grade boys to go see the movie about the Tuskegee Airmen as part of Black History Month curriculum.
A recent report gives the state's science standards a ‘C,’ but the State Board of Education chairwoman, a science teacher, is still “pleased.”
The school district serving Premont, a rural South Texas town, has suspended sports to save itself.
As a compensation scandal unfolds, the University of Texas Law Dean, Larry Seger, resigned at the request of university President Bill Powers.
Texas A&M’s athletic department may be leaving behind the University of Texas, but they remain linked through academics.
Kiplinger private school rankings say the state's most prestigious university is also the third best academic value in the country.
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,…
The complete transcript of a roundtable discussion on public education hosted by TEXAS MONTHLY and published, in edited form, in the May 2011 issue.
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…
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?
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?
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?
Our quiz shouldn’t be hard, so long as you’ve been paying attention. You have been paying attention, right?
Who can challenge Republicans on the State Board of Education? A different kind of Republican.
Terry Stickels is combining his love of puzzles with spreading awareness of Alzheimer’s disease in his new book, The Big Brain Puzzle Book .
One Lebanese student’s experience in Austin, Texas.
Texas school districts will no longer be required to offer health classes—and that’s just sick.
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…
The full-time pre-K bill seems like a slam dunk. The price tag: $300 million.
Should Texas pay students to learn?
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?
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.
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.”
“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.”
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…
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…
The Texas Education Agency flunks out.
Texas Southern University’s missed opportunity.
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.
A ranking of 574 elementary, middle, and high schools that really make the grade.
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.
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.