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Texas’ NCLB waiver puts end to funding for private tutoring companies

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams’ announcement that the state had been granted a general waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act also signals a financial blow to the for-profit student tutoring industry.

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ED audit in El Paso uncovers district cheating on accountability measures, educational impact on students, seeks civil rights investigation

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has released an audit finding that the El Paso Independent School District sought to manipulate federal accountability measures at Bowie High and Coronado High Schools. ED’s report calls for a civil rights investigation.

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Texas legislature lifts limits on charter schools, reduces high-stakes testing, and modifies graduation requirements

The Texas legislature has voted to adopt two new education bills, which now go to Gov. Rick Perry, reducing the number of high-stakes tests students are required to take, creating a new system of graduation requirements, and expanding the number of charter schools in Texas from 215 to 305 over the next six years.

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DOJ approves ouster of El Paso ISD school board in wake of testing scandal

State-appointed managers will take over the El Paso Independent School District after the U.S. Department of Justice said it won’t oppose ousting the locally elected school board in the wake of a testing scandal at several of high schools.

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Federal budget fix removes limit on Texas’ Education Jobs money

Education Week’s EdWatch blog reports that the budget agreement between congressional Democrats and Republicans (signed April 15, 2011 by President Obama) to avoid a government shutdown includes a provision that would allow Texas to finally secure $830 million through the Education Jobs Fund. Texas’ portion of the money had previously been blocked during a standoff between federal and state officials.

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