Articles and Essays

As educators, it is our professional duty and responsibility to educate not only ourselves, but those around us about the workings of the public education system which develops our children.  This collection of articles and essays is one attempt at facilitating that.  If you have any article which you believe worthy of being posted, please send it to me through the email link or through the Facebook page. 

  • John Tanner, November 2016. Discusses failures in attempts to implement A-F accountability systems for schools. 

  • John Tanner, November 2016. Discusses the disconnect between state testing and true student accountability.

John Tanner, November 2016. Discusses issues with rank order standardized testing and accountability.

  • Talking points from the National Education Association about why vouchers fail students.

  • A summary of the three above articles in a concise set of talking points.

  • Michael Pons, 2002.  A look at the results and claims of vouchers in different Amerian public education systems. 

  • Lauren Camera, February 2016. A case study of Louisiana's voucher program and how it has failed students. 

  • Lauren Camera, February 2016. A case study of Louisiana's voucher program and how it has failed students. 

  • Steven Singer, January 2016. Blog outlining basic arguments as to why vouchers do not work. 

  • Research on the effect of school start times upon student achievement.

  • Jonathan Rabivowitz, Stanford Report, 2013.  Interesting report on why most comparisons of American schools to schools in other countries are inaccurate. 

  • Jonathan Rabivowitz, Stanford Report, 2013.  Interesting report on why most comparisons of American schools to schools in other countries are inaccurate. 

  • TEA presentation on changes to teacher insurance.

Jacob Chastain interviews Kathy Edwards, founder of Novus Academy, about the potential impact of special education vouchers or savings accounts on private schools for special needs students.

  • Moak, Casey, and associates. 2016. Debunking of claims by Dan Patrick and others that Texas public schools trap students in failing systems. 

  • Texas Education Agency, Dec 2016. TEA releases the results of a survey taken on the direction needed with the new ESSA. 

  • Emma Brown and Mandy McLaren, Dec 26, 2016.  An analysis of Indiana's voucher program and predictions of the federal government's direction with the appointment of one of the biggest voucher proponents in the country for education secretary.

  • Kevin Carey, New York Times, Feb 23, 2017.  Additional research about the failure of vouchers to do what their proponents say they do. 

A thorough explanation of how the legislative process in Texas works.

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