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.

Embarrassment of Riches

Dec 1, 2005 By John Spong

At Westlake, even if your parents wouldn’t spring for Ralph Lauren, you could still work your way into the in crowd.

Flipping Out

Sep 30, 2005 By Pamela Colloff

The letter-sweater-wearing, pom-pom-shaking, pep-rally-leading girl next door has been a beloved Texas icon for generations. So why do so many people today— lawmakers and lawyers, preachers and feminists—think cheerleading is the root, root, root of all evil?

I Hate School!

Sep 30, 2004 By Texas Monthly

Of course I want to help my son get a decent education. But the demands placed on parents these days are almost too much to bear—which is why I'm in danger of flunking my life.

New School

Jun 30, 2004 By Lori Fradkin

Garza High School principal Vicki Baldwin talks about the daily assault on public education, President George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind policy, and what a non- traditional school like Garza has to offer kids.

Viva la Diferencia

May 31, 2004 By Jan Jarboe Russell

A Harvard know-it-all predicts that the emerging Hispanic majority will be a drag on America. Tell it to your friends in Cambridge, bub.

Gig ’em

Apr 30, 2004 By Lori Fradkin

Senior executive editor Paul Burka, who wrote this month's cover story, "Corps Values," talks about diversity at A&M, the future of the Corps of Cadets, and Aggie traditions.

Yang Style

Apr 30, 2004 By Lori Fradkin

Photographer Peter Yang on getting Aggies to pose for their portrait and what makes a good picture.

Corps Values

Apr 30, 2004 By Paul Burka

What place does tradition have at Texas A&M these days? One by one, the old ways are disappearing from the venerable campus, and many Aggies are up in arms. But embracing change may be the only way to save the school they love.

Aggie Land

Jan 1, 2004 By Texas Monthly

Senior editor Pamela Colloff talks about the typical A&M student, chivalry, and Aggie spirit.

God and Man at Baylor

Sep 30, 2003 By Michael Hall

Can one man change the world's largest Baptist university? He can if he's controversial preacher-president Robert Sloan, Jr. And, just maybe, one man can destroy it too.

Greatness Visible

Sep 30, 2003 By Paul Burka

The dream of a first-rate university rising out of the prairie north of the Colorado River is almost as old as Texas itself. Which prompts the question, When will UT finally live up to its potential?

Horns Aplenty

Sep 30, 2003 By Paul Burka

Senior executive editor Paul Burka talks about this month's cover story, "Greatness Visible."

Austin or Bust

Sep 30, 2003 By Christan Thomas

I was looking for a change when I decided to move to Austin and attend the University of Texas. Until I got there, I had no idea how big the change would be.

A Q&A with Juliet Garcia

Feb 1, 2003 By Irene Kosela

Juliet Garcia, president of The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, talks with us about her life and roots in South Texas.

Hearing Voices

Nov 1, 2002 By Kirstin McCudden

Bill Wittliff and Edwin "Bud" Shrake, the recipients of the 2002 Texas Book Festival Bookend award, embody Texas literature today.

Report Card

Nov 1, 2002 By Texas Monthly

From elementary school to high school, we've got more than five thousand public schools ranked. See if your kid's school is making the grade.

Meet One of McConachie’s Picks

Nov 1, 2002 By Nora Varty You are featured in Dorothy McConachie’s book, Top Texas Teachers. How were you chosen? Carolina Carner: They picked 35 teachers from across the state. One of my students nominated me at Barnes and Noble in Round Rock. McConachie got thousands of entries, and I was picked out of all…

Teacher, Teacher

Nov 1, 2002 By Nora Varty

In the new book, Top Texas Teachers, author Dorothy McConachie gives 35 educators top honors.

Our Best High Schools

Nov 1, 2002 By Texas Monthly

These are the best of the best—the top ten high schools in each of four economic categories, as ranked by the National Center for Educational Accountability. For the full list of more than one thousand public high schools in Texas, see page 170 (in the print copy). HIGHEST ECONOMIC GROUP…

Do The Math

Nov 1, 2002 By Texas Monthly

DISTRICT/SCHOOL| STARS | % LOW INCOME | ALGEBRA PASSING RATE Pewitt/Pewitt | 5 | 50.4 | 95.0 Ysleta/Del Valle | 5 | 89.4 | 78.6 Hidalgo/Hidalgo | 5 | 96.9 | 62.1 San Antonio/Highlands | 5 | 89.0 | 57.2 San Antonio/Jefferson | 5 | 90.6 | 57.1 _________________________________________ Humble/Quest…

How Good Is Your Kid’s School?

Nov 1, 2001 By S. C. Gwynne

Find out in our rankings of nearly every public elementary, middle, and high school in Texas–the most comprehensive and accurate ever done in the state.

They Haven’t Got a Prayer

Nov 1, 2000 By Pamela Colloff

In the Gulf Coast town of Santa Fe, high school football games had always kicked off with a prayer, but in June the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the practice violated the separation of church and state. Now the issue—which has turned neighbor against neighbor and provoked some decidedly un-Christian behavior— has grown from a local controversy into a national one.

High School Football Facts

Sep 30, 1999 By Texas Monthly

See You in the Playoffs 4A La Marque has made it to the state finals six straight years. 3A Sealy won four consecutive state titles between 1994 and 1997. Both teams have racked up more than a hundred victories in the nineties, as have 5A Austin Westlake, 5A Converse Judson,…

Shock Star

Feb 1, 1999 By Mike Shea

Fort Worth officers and teachers get to know Marilyn Manson.

The Disloyal Opposition

Dec 1, 1998 By Paul Burka

How five right-wing members of the State Board of Education are making life miserable for their fellow Republicans—especially George W. Bush.

Very Special Ed

Sep 30, 1998 By daviddmedina

Thirty years ago I was a barrio kid with little hope for a college degree. Then the alternative school Chinquapin turned my life around.

Class Acts

Aug 31, 1998 By John Morthland

Long before they were chart-topping musicians, Erykah Badu and Roy Hargrove made the grade at an arts magnet school in Dallas.

Learning His Lesson

Mar 1, 1998 By Paul Burka

George W. Bush’s plan to teach every child how to read by the third grade is unquestionably the right thing to do. So how come he’s gotten such mixed reviews? (“We’ve had a hard time,” admits a Bush staffer.) The answer, like much of politics these days, is in the…

Robert Benton

Mar 1, 1998 By Brian D. Sweany

We moved to Waxahachie in the early forties, when I was about ten years old. I was a seriously dyslexic child, and no one quite knew what dyslexia was in those days. People just thought I wasn’t too swift. And my way out of it was drawing. It was something…

Roar of the Crowd

Jan 1, 1998 By Texas Monthly

Race Matters I was captivated by paul Burka’s observation in “What’s Black and White and Red-faced All Over?” [December 1997] that “the only way to open the door to more minority students is to broaden—that means reduce—the standards for admissions.” The real question for society is this: Shall we lower…