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More Comprehensive Advising Needed in the Aftermath of Changes to Texas High School Curriculum Requirements
In 2013, Texas’ political leadership chose to modify the Texas strong 4-by-4 college readiness curriculum and put in its place a thinly-veiled new system of student tracking. This new system created different “paths” to graduation that were achieved by changing the course combinations different sub-groups of high school students would need to take in order to graduate. In this article, Albert Cortez, Ph.D., describes how schools were given the task of providing guidance to students and parents on these new curriculum plans.

#k12 #collegeprep #famengage


If the State of Texas Wins this Trial, Texas Children Will Lose
See the op-ed by María “Cuca” RobledoMontecel, Ph.D., IDRA President & CEO, for the Austin American-Statesman. Some excerpts:

“The State of Texas is set to argue in the school finance case this week before the Texas Supreme Court that the legislature is free to ignore the needs for over 3 million low-income students and English language learner children attending public schools across Texas…

“As the state has raised standards for all students, it also has slashed funding for prekindergarten programs, increased class sizes, watered down the curriculum and forced quality teachers to leave the profession. Four years later, the state’s leadership still has not replaced its massive funding cuts to education…

“It is vital that the court respect the rights of children across the state who have no other recourse to a better education and a better future. Investing in education means funding our public schools for excellence. We cannot wait any longer.”


“Key Issues in the Texas School Funding Trial” IDRA Classnotes Podcast Episode 155
Texas in the midst of the largest school finance lawsuit in the state’s history. Over 500 school districts enrolling three-fourths of Texas school children, as well as parents, students, the Texas Charter School Association and others, sued the State for failing to ensure a quality education for all students. On the eve of oral arguments before the Texas Supreme Court, David Hinojosa, J.D., IDRA national director of policy, gives a quick outline of key issues facing the court and the state. The hearing comes 369 days after the Texas District Court ruled that the state’s funding system is “constitutionally inadequate, unsuitable and financially inefficient.” Much is at stake as the court decides whether or not to ensure that the state provides equal educational opportunity not for just some, but for all, of its children.


Coca-­Cola Valued Youth Program Introductory Seminar October 7, 2015
See this highly-successful dropout prevention program in action and find out how you can strengthen your school’s holding power. At this one-day event, you will meet Valued Youth tutors, meet teachers who are using the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program, learn who to get funding from federal and other sources, and see the program in action by visiting a school that is successfully implementing the program. Designed particularly for school and district administrators, teachers and community members.


Building STEAM – Changing the Equation for College and Career Readiness for All
Imagine a child who learned fractions by incorporating the foundations of musical notes or the student who learns about force of motion through interpretive dance. In this article, Paula Johnson, M.A., describes the movement that is underway to bring innovation to STEM education through the integration of the arts: STEM + Arts = STEAM. Championed by the Rhode Island School of Design, STEAM education has the potential to transform the 21st century economy just as science and technology did for the 20th century.

#STEM #k12 #collegeprep #STEAM

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