- TxDOT To Phase Out Some Specialty Alumni License Plates, reported by Click2Houston.com. “The University of Texas at Dallas took a hit. So did Texas Woman’s University. Waning support for specialty license plates for those universities and 22 others has those plates on the way out.” [snip] “The Texas Department of Transportation has decided to phase out specialty alumni license plates that have fallen below certain performance standards.“
- Teachers’ aides hit the books to keep their jobs, reported by the Houston Chronicle. “…hundreds of Houston area school employees in danger of being pushed out of low-wage jobs if they don’t meet higher employment standards by a federal deadline at the end of the upcoming school year.” [snip] “To keep their jobs at schools that receive certain types of federal funding, most teachers’ aides, special education assistants and other types of ‘paraprofessionals’ must have two years of college or complete an equivalent type of training.“
- School districts’ enrollments soar — Suburban voters face endless array of bond issues in a bid to keep pace, reported by the Houston Chronicle. “School districts across suburban Houston, such as Pearland, Katy, Cypress-Fairbanks and Humble, are adding thousands of students, building dozens of schools and passing bond issues worth hundreds of millions of dollars to pay for it all. Experts cite affordable housing and quality schools as the most common reasons for the growth trend.“
- Special education law changes raise concern — Advocates fear parents will be discouraged from challenging the way children learn, reported by the Houston Chronicle. “Recent changes to the federal law that governs how 7 million special education students are taught could weaken parental involvement and scare parents away from taking school districts to court, according to advocates who testified at a federal hearing Thursday.“
- President of Rice weighing changes — One year into the job, David Leebron looks to increase enrollment and raise school’s visibility, reported by the Houston Chronicle. “One year into the job, Leebron has yet to propose an agenda to answer that elemental question. But he has pleased those who govern Rice with his thoughtful, inclusive approach that could produce a larger enrollment and generate greater visibility beyond its hedges.“
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