Charter schools

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…

Head of The Class

Jan 20, 2013 By William Martin

The question isn’t how the followers of an obscure Turkish imam came to operate the largest charter school system in Texas. It’s whether the incredible success they’ve had can help our ailing public schools.

Lesson Learned

Jan 20, 2013 By Steve Thompson

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

SBOE strikes again — loans for charter schools

Jul 24, 2010 By Paul Burka

You have to hand it to the far-right faction on the State Board of Education. They never seem to run out of bad ideas. This one is really terrible — a $100 million loan program for facilities for charter schools. The constitution vests in the SBOE the responsibility for managing…