July 6, 1999 |
Texas schools have long been known for producing powerhouse prep football teams. But in the past few years the state has received national attention for its academic prowess, most notably for narrowing the persistent gap in test scores between white and minority students. The gains have been attributed to a pioneering accountability and testing system in which schools are labeled exemplary to low-performing based on test scores and attendance rates.
April 14, 1991 |
The Texas Board of Education voted to keep tobacco stocks despite protests that owning the shares sends conflicting signals to schoolchildren. The board rejected on a vote of 8 to 6 a proposal to divest 1.5 million shares of Philip Morris Cos. stock, worth at least $94 million, from the Permanent School Fund. "If you go through our portfolio I guarantee you'll find a substantial number of stocks that someone will object to," said board member Bob Akin of Commerce, Tex.
July 26, 2000 |
Texas is among the most effective and California among the least in helping students at all income levels learn, according to a nationwide study released Tuesday. The finding was immediately seized upon by aides to the Republican presidential candidate, Gov. George W. Bush of Texas, as proof that school reforms are working in his home state. But the eagerly awaited Rand Corp.
December 7, 1991 |
Reporters from across the nation trooped into this West Texas oil town last year, their interest piqued by the high-powered football program at Odessa's Permian High, their questions dealing with the same themes: Academic shortcuts. Improper preseason workouts. Racism. The 1990 season was not, to put it mildly, a stellar one for the Permian Panthers, the pride of Odessa.
April 23, 1987 |
School officials have asked parents to discipline their children if they are caught speaking Spanish at school as part of a campaign to improve grades, the superintendent said Wednesday. "We're not out to start some kind of controversy," Francis Brooks said. "The only thing we're looking to do is help our kids do a little better." Brooks said he mailed about 370 letters on Wednesday, one for each child in the Tornillo Independent School District, asking parents to voluntarily sign a contract.
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December 24, 1985 |
Services for Homer Price Rainey, who was ousted as president of the University of Texas in a battle over what he saw as academic freedom, were held here Monday. The former president of four institutions of higher learning died Thursday at 89. In 1944, the Texas Board of Regents fired Rainey, after he protested board actions that he said had limited academic freedom. He had been appointed president of the South's largest university in 1939, after gaining a reputation as a education critic.