Lawmakers grilled Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams on the state’s stagnating test scores, suggesting the conversation hasn’t changed much since big reforms last year.
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At a state board meeting Wednesday, Ed Commissioner Michael Williams defended letting the Great Hearts charter school expand into Dallas, over state board members’ vote to block the school.
This week, State Board of Education members will confront Education Commissioner Michael Williams about his decision to override their veto of an Arizona charter school with strong political backing.
There was no telling how freely Michael Williams might approve new charter schools. But it turns out, he was pretty selective—only four of the 12 applicants made the cut.
Charter school approval is now up to Education Commissioner Michael Williams, and one lawmaker says public input is getting shafted under the new system.
In response to a damning audit, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams says TEA will get serious with those who cheat the accountability system.
Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Katy) is presenting a bill in committee that would require the Attorney General to file an injunction against any and all local gun control laws.
In the consortium’s first report to the state, in December, asked for no testing. No accountability ratings, either. They’re writing their own standards, in fact, so they’ll write their own tests. They’ll write their own ratings system too, when they get to it. Essentially, these high-performing schools want to secede from Texas’ testing system.
Into this charged atmosphere, onto the same stage Robert Scott famously occupied a year ago, stepped Texas’ new Education Commissioner Michael Williams on Tuesday. Safe to say, it’d be a hard act to follow.
State Rep. Diane Patrick, R-Arlington, is asking the Texas Education Agency to suspend its school ratings for a second straight year, as lawmakers rework the system.