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Texas law could fine parents for missing parent-teacher conference

What the heck is with Texas this week? It seems like every other news story I've come across is pointing out some ridiculous thing happening here. A state lawmaker would like to introduce a law that charges parents who skip scheduled parent-teacher c...

Teacher shows class "Amistad"

Here's yet another story from my home-state of Texas: School officials disciplined an elementary school teacher after she showed her fifth graders clips from the movie "Amistad." The teacher, who has taught for 27 years, showed the movie (including p...

Texas orders HPV vaccine for all girls

Here's some news from my home state of Texas: Texas Governor, Rick Perry issued an executive order on Friday that said all schoolgirls must get the vaccine that guards against HPV and some types of cervical cancer. Perry issued the executive order in...

Texas high-schoolers don't always graduate

One third of students in Texas don't graduate from high school; in the big cities, that figure goes up, with more than half of students dropping out. These figures come from the according to the San Antonio-based Intercultural Development Research As...

Colbert Report making fun of parents?

In a couple weeks, I'm leaving my 8 to 5 to work from home and look after my daughter. I figured we'd get a little bored of each other after awhile, so I joined a local Stay at Home Dads Yahoo group. After a couple never-ending email threads, I learn...

Should students who fail standardized tests still advance?

Standardized testing is a hotly contested topic between lawmakers, educators, parents and students. Are they effective? What do they prove? Do they hinder educators who, instead of fully investigating topics as they see fit, must teach their students...

Boy takes wheel, saves mom and sibs

What kid doesn't look forward to the day he or she can get behind the wheel and drive a car? I know it was something I looked forward to and both my kids already like to sit in the driver's seat and pretend. Eventually, they'll be old enough to drive...

Update: School districts stops teaching kids to fight back

Just recently, I wrote about a Texas school district that was teaching students and teachers to fight back against an armed intruder by throwing things at the intruder's head. The Burleson Independent School District, which is outside of Ft. Worth, ...

Do you "talk politics" to your kids?

When I think back to my younger years, I don't remember my parents ever discussing politics with me. I do remember knowing which way they tended to vote and that they'd never vote for "the other party." I remember thinking that you should never disc...

Celebrating Banned Books Week in Texas

Oh, the irony! Alton Verm of Conroe, Texas wants his daughter's high school to ban a book. "It's just all kinds of filth," he said. He did admit that he had not actually read the book. The book in question? Ray Bradbury's 1953 Science Fiction classic...

Houston dropouts being sought out for re-enrollment

High school dropouts in the Houston area are far from forgotten by some staff members of the Houston school district's student engagement office. Young girls who have quite school due to pregnancies or boys who have dropped out to pursue other things...

To have or have not: school laptops

In today's Wall Street Journal, Jessica Vascellaro pointed out that an increasing number of parents are concerned about programs designed to give all students laptops. One of their concerns is that school laptops are often used inappropriately by kid...

Short maternity leave: Houston firefighter gives birth, pops pills, takes exam

At least Beda Kent didn't have to fight a fire hours after giving birth. She was up for a promotion to Captain in the Houston Fire Department, and a state law required all promotion candidates to be tested immediately - four days after her due date. ...

Teacher pay in Houston tied to test scores

Tying pay to performance isn't anything new - if you've ever bought a car, house, or article of clothing from the mall, you've indirectly supported the pay-for-performance industry. But it's not typically utilized in government jobs. Somehow, that ki...

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