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January 29, 2013
Our friends over at Texans Deserve Great Schools have been up to some great things!
“Texans Deserve Great Schools is a collaborative effort among leading foundations, policy experts and civic leaders to raise awareness about the most successful education policies from around the nation that – if implemented together – will vastly improve student achievement in Texas.”
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December 12, 2012
November 8, 2011
Students being taught basics in math, reading, writing and science.. EXCEL!!
Story from American – Austin Statesman’s Laura Heinauer “Northeast Austin’s Graham Elementary School quietly excels”
November 6, 2011
On behalf of Sandy Kress, the following is an analysis of both the tremendous progress we’ve made in education in Texas over the past 15 years as well as the serious challenges ahead. A Picture Tells a 1000 Words
October 26, 2011
Letter to the State Board of Education on behalf of the Texas Coalition for a Competitive Workforce:
Our view is that the state is responsible for setting education standards and ensuring that students meet them. We also support giving school districts additional flexibility to meet state goals as they see fit—whether that is through the use of innovative instructional delivery systems, more flexible workforce management, and a reduction in the non-instructional mandates the state places on districts and schools. However, the bottom line is that the state has an obligation to students and taxpayers to ensure that our students graduate with a meaningful diploma that prepares them for success going forward.
August 30, 2011
Texas Students Switch to STAAR Testing by Morgan Smith and Thanh Tan
“Throughout the month of August, The Texas Tribune will feature 31 ways Texans’ lives will change come Sept. 1, the date most bills passed by the Legislature — including the dramatically reduced budget — take effect.”
August 4, 2011
July 11, 2011
For an in-depth analysis on the New Education Laws from the 2011 Regular and Special Sessions, please go to Issue Summary for 2011 here.
April 27, 2011
Houston Chronicle – Budget crisis poses threat to educational standards - Jim Windham, Texas Institute for Education Reform
April 21, 2011
Dallas Morning News 04.21.2011 – Texas House to consider bill that would ease class size limits, allow teacher pay cuts, furloughs.
April 18, 2011
- 01.29.1930 – 04.11.2011
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of TIER founding director and board member, Bill McMinn.
William “Bill” Arnold McMinn, Jr. died last week after a battle with cancer. He was a good friend, had a lifetime commitment to the causes that are important to us all, and was a big supporter of TIER and its mission. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and many friends he leaves behind.
The details on the services and other arrangements are published in today’s Houston Chronicle obituaries.
April 13, 2011
April 6, 2011
A Message to Houston Area Supporters :
Thank you for your past interest in and support of TIER. I am contacting you today to let you know that the House Public Education Committee approved an important piece of legislation last night–HB 400. This bill gives school districts the flexibility to better manage their workforce and educational programs. TIER strongly supports the bill.
This was a difficult vote because the state’s teacher groups strongly opposed the bill. We need business and community leaders like you to contact the Houston-area Representatives below to express your thanks for their leadership on this key issue. While your message need not be lengthy, here are the talking points on the bill for your use. HB 400 Talking Points
Thanks in advance for your help, and please let me know if I can be of service.
Rep. Rob Eissler (District 15)–The Woodlands, Houston area
Rep. Dan Huberty (District 127)–Humble, Houston area
Rep. Randy Weber (District 29)–Pearland, Houston, Matagorda County area
President and C.O.O., Texas Institute for Education Reform
208 West 14th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
March 29, 2011
February 7, 2011
Education Leaders Call for Innovative Thinking for Teacher Salary Reform
Former U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige Highlights Need to Change Compensation Structure, Not Just Add-on
To view the paper : Teacher Compensation Strategy for Excellence in the Texas Classroom