SXSWedu 2014 Round-up

Quickly gaining momentum alongside its interactive, film and music cousins, SXSWedu 2014 attracted thousands of educators to Austin in early March. The conference reflected an education landscape awash in politics, parent desire for choice, technological maturity and a growing concern about data security. Below are a few highlights from keynote and featured speakers, as well […]

Sen. Wendy Davis responds to Jim Walsh’s open letter

Dear Mr. Walsh: No issue has a greater impact on the future success of Texas than the education of our children. Like you, I believe that Governor Perry has been far too disconnected from the basic needs of our schools. Instead, he has consistently supported education plans that – in violation of our state’s Constitution […]

An Open Letter to Wendy Davis

Dear Ms. Davis: I have represented public school districts in Texas as an attorney for over 30 years, and during that time have gotten to know many school board members, superintendents, principals and teachers. I am dismayed at the direction our state is taking under Republican leadership and am hopeful that your campaign represents a […]

A pawn in the pursuit of political gain

How about that debate between State Board of Education Vice Chairman Thomas Ratliff and Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston? Now that was free speech at its best. Patrick, in particular, took advantage of his constitutional rights. After all, the Constitution protects the right of politicians to say things that are just flat wrong, and Patrick is wrong […]

Patrick v. Ratliff: Revisiting the CSCOPE debate

During an at times raucous debate, state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, and State Board of Education Vice Chairman Thomas Ratliff, R-Mount Pleasant, continued the now months-long argument over the hotly contested curriculum management system known as CSCOPE. The scheduled debate was hosted by The University of Texas at Tyler on Aug 24. Described as “un-American, […]