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UT ranked 3rd Richest University in the US

Higher education reform centered on funding and on reforms in the delivery system.  It appears one Texas University – yes, THE University of Texas – isn’t hurting for money. The most recent comprehensive endowment study from the National Association of College and University Business Owners, which evaluated the 2011 endowment funds for 839 institutions in [...]

Labor, Education & Pensions Issues

Texas Employment Growth Bests Nation’s

April 17, 2014 J,

Richard Fisher,  President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, spoke at a Texas Public Policy Foundation event this week and presented the Texas economic update.  Highlights included: Texas employment grew 2.5% in 2013. – Added 278,000 jobs In 2014, Texas grew 2.9% through February. – Added 54,500 jobs Manufacturing lost jobs, but output expanding. [...]

No More Common Core Coercion!

February 05, 2014 J

Senate Republicans will introduce a resolution Wednesday that calls on the federal government to stop coercing states to adopt the Common Core educational standards. The resolution is sponsored by South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, and is co-sponsored by South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, Utah Sen. Mike Lee, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Oklahoma Sen. James [...]

National School Choice Week in Texas!

January 24, 2014 J

National School Choice Week is sponsoring an historic cross-country, whistle-stop train and motor coach tour. All events are nonpolitical and focus on a variety of different educational options for families. Events feature special guest speakers, family-friendly entertainment, and refreshments. Attendance is free but an RSVP is required. Just select the events near you on the drop [...]

Hays Consolidated ISD is considering $60 million bond package.

December 16, 2013 J,

Hays Consolidated ISD is considering $60 million bond package. Is it prudent?  Hays CISD is almost a half billion dollars in debt — over $497 million as of August 2012.   With just less than 16,000 students, this District spends only 46% of the total expenditures on instruction.  And the Superintendent makes over $195,000 annually, not including benefits. [...]

TEA Reminds School Districts of New Curriculum Adopting Procedures.

August 27, 2013 J

TEA Reminds School Districts of Need to Follow New Procedures In Adopting Curriculum. Legislation passed earlier this year requires school districts to gather input and opinion from both teachers and district employees and the public before the district adopts a major curriculum initiative (like CSCOPE). Read the statement here: TEA Release Like this post? Chip in [...]

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