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Adamuti-Trache, Maria; Zhang, Yi Leaf; Hagedorn, Linda Serra – Texas Education Review, 2021
To support youth early motivation for college and careers that meet workforce needs, the Texas Legislature in 2013 passed House Bill 5 to adopt a new high school graduation program, which allows students to pursue "endorsements" as they begin 9th grade. Endorsements introduce high-school students to STEM, Business & Industry, Public…
Descriptors: Public Schools, High Schools, Enrollment, High School Students
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Núñez Porras, Patricia; Hernández, Julia – Texas Education Review, 2021
This policy brief provides recommendations that address dual language bilingual education and House Bill 3 (HB3) Texas Early Childhood Literacy & Mathematics Proficiency Plans requirement. How can the HB3 Texas Early Childhood Literacy & Mathematics Proficiency Plan requirement set appropriate reading goals for dual language students…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Alignment (Education), Early Childhood Education, State Legislation
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Madrigal, Alejandro, III; Epstein, Eliza – Texas Education Review, 2021
This brief is organized into four (4) main sections. We first discuss the inadequacy, inefficacy, and bias of standardized, high-stakes assessments. These assessments do not deliver on promises made by proponents and that they, in fact, do long-term harm to teachers and students, with a disproportionate negative impact on communities of color. The…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Standardized Tests, High Stakes Tests, Testing Problems
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Williams, Ashley – Texas Education Review, 2019
Postsecondary student demographics are dramatically shifting in the state of Texas, resulting in an increased need for state government resources to ensure college access affordability in the state. It is critical that lawmakers prioritize higher education to allow Texans from all backgrounds access to afford higher education. This editorial is an…
Descriptors: State Legislation, Student Financial Aid, Access to Education, Costs
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Craven, Morgan – Texas Education Review, 2019
A large group of advocates and lobbyists influence state-level public education policymaking in Texas. Unfortunately, this group often does not mirror the racial and ethnic makeup of Texas public school students, the decisive majority of whom are students of color. This article argues that a lack of diversity among state-level education advocates…
Descriptors: State Legislation, Advocacy, Lobbying, Public Education
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Chevalier, Andrea; González, Mary E. – Texas Education Review, 2019
Teachers' positionality within the political landscape has evolved rapidly over recent election cycles. In Texas, nationwide teacher advocacy and anti-teacher state legislation motivated teachers to become politically involved. Increased teacher voting greatly impacted the 2018 election results, which led statewide leaders and legislators of the…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Advocacy, Educational Legislation, State Legislation
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Armonda, Alex J. – Texas Education Review, 2019
This conceptual paper examines the question of the political imaginary in the neoliberal moment, and the crucial role that Ethnic Studies can play in realizing critical pedagogy's promise of emancipatory social transformation. After Arizona House Bill 2281, educational scholarship has paid renewed attention to Ethnic Studies classrooms as key…
Descriptors: Ethnic Studies, Neoliberalism, Critical Theory, Social Change
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Isbell, Laura; Dixon, Kathryn; Sanders, April – Texas Education Review, 2019
While there is an increased national focus on student safety and gun violence in schools, the policies for arming teachers are often vague and unclear. Additionally, policies and laws enforcing safety protocol for students differ across states. Clarity in policies are important for stakeholders in school communities who can use such information to…
Descriptors: Weapons, School Safety, Educational Policy, State Policy
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Wing, Michelle; Saboda, Jennifer – Texas Education Review, 2018
In an era of increasing teacher accountability, charter schools are finding ways to circumnavigate the restrictions placed on public schools in regard to teacher certification. These efforts purportedly are being made to fill teacher shortages in high need areas, but realistically allow charter school teachers to avoid expensive and time-consuming…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Teacher Certification, State Legislation, Educational Legislation
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Bradley, Dwuana – Texas Education Review, 2018
This backgrounder details the scope of the following critical forum concerning Texas House Bill 51 (TX HB 51) of the 81st Legislature, also referred to as the emerging research university bill. In its totality the journal issue considers the impact of TX HB 51 on the organizational behavior of comprehensive regional institutions in the state of…
Descriptors: State Legislation, Educational Legislation, Research Universities, State Policy
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Bradley, Dwuana; Doran, Erin E. – Texas Education Review, 2018
This study focused on Texas House Bill 51 (TX HB 51) and its impact as a performance-based funding policy. Specifically, TX HB 51 incentivized regional comprehensive institutions towards high research activity in pursuit of academic excellence and nationally recognized prestige. Employing critical policy analysis, we considered the societal and…
Descriptors: State Legislation, Educational Finance, Financial Policy, Higher Education