RELEASE: US SENATE OKAYS EFFICIENCY REVIEWS FOR TITLE I SCHOOLS
Led by the efforts of Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the U.S. Senate voted this month in favor of adding an amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act that provides Title I schools the opportunity to use funds to conduct financial efficiency reviews. The Texas Institute for Education Reform (TIER) commends Senator Cornyn in his efforts to protect U.S. children by championing financial efficiency in schools nationwide. Read the full press release here.
TIER'S CHAIRMAN RECEIVES TEXAS LULAC'S 2015 CONSCIENCE BUILDER AWARD
TIER is pleased to announce that Jim Windham, TIER’s founder and chairman, has been awarded the Texas League of United Latin American Citizens’ prestigious Conscience Builder Award. Windham has been a fearless advocate for public education in the state of Texas for over a decade and a constant friend of Texas’ LULAC organization. Both have stood shoulder-to-shoulder in the fight for an equitable public education system that provides opportunities for all students and seeks to close the achievement gap present between students of different races. Read the full press release here.
TIER STANDS IN SUPPORT OF HIGH GRADUATION STANDARDS
Executive Director, Courtney Boswell, spoke out against Senate Bill 149, which provides a process to exempt high school students from meeting Texas' graduation requirements. Currently those include passing five end-of-course exams: English I and II, Algebra I, Biology and US History. "My concern is for the student. Why is that student getting to their junior and senior year and not able to perform on these tests?" she said. Read the full article here.
TIER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR COURTNEY BOSWELL FEATURED ON DFW'S "THE McCUISTION PROGRAM"
Boswell discussed statewide education issues with a focus on Texas' assessment policy. She highlighted the competing argument to testing that "teachers teach to the test" by relating her classroom teaching experience. In Boswell's DISD school, the practice was banned, and still, her students outperformed students of neighboring schools. Watch the full episode here.
SUSAN COMBS, JAY RUTHERFORD JOIN TIER'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS
“Our team at TIER is ecstatic to welcome Susan Combs and Jay Rutherford, and we look forward to working closely with our new board members. They will be indispensable assets to our efforts in improving public education for all children in Texas.” Courtney Boswell, Executive Director, TIER. Read the full press release here.
TIER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR COURTNEY BOSWELL PUBLISHES OP-ED ON THE IMPORTANCE OF READING
"We know from research how to equip all of our young people to become proficient readers. The challenge we face is putting that knowledge to use - and supporting it with appropriate resources - so that every child in Texas has the opportunity to be successful in school and in life." Read the full article here.