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What does Texas need to do to get its students ready for the world?

The Dallas Morning News – Eva-Marie Ayala

“State officials say they want engaged families, quality teachers and better access to opportunities for all students. But how does Texas get there? The State Board of Education has kicked off work to build Texas’ next long-range plan for public schools, which officials hope will be the blueprint that drives future policy decisions and even legislation. Texans who are gathering at a series of public forums on the plan agree, but they’re adamant that they want a plan with teeth, too, to make sure kids are ready for life after high school, whether that be in college or a career.”(more)

Natural Disasters And The Implications Of Missing So Much School

NPR – Haley Samsel and Elissa Nadworny

“It’s no secret that we’ve had a rough fall and winter with natural disasters. Even as we write this, fires burn in Southern California, adding to the previous wildfires in the northern part of the state that burned over 245,000 acres in October. Hurricanes Irma and Harvey devastated communities across Florida and Texas, while touching communities in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, the Carolinas and Louisiana. The U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico were devastated by back-to-back hurricanes Irma and Maria.”(more)

How Schoolchildren Will Cope With Hurricane Harvey

The Atlantic – Hayley Glatter

As floodwaters from tropical storm Harvey continue to rise in the nation’s fourth most-populous city, well over 100 districts across southeastern Texas remain shuttered during what for some would have been the opening days of the academic year. The closures affect hundreds of thousands of students. Canceled are the back-to-school barbecues. Postponed are the sounds of clanging lockers and squeaky new sneakers. Elongated are the first-day jitters, as summer vacation extends for an extra, harrowing week across Houston and surrounding areas.”(more)

How to Help Houston

Ed Surge – Staff Writer

“Twelve years ago, after Hurricane Katrina, Houston modeled what it means to be a citizen, a neighbor and a friend to those displaced and in need. Now it’s time to help Houston. With countless lives disrupted—among them, more than 160 districts across the state closed—many families and educators must rebuild before they can return to school.”(more)

Texas’s Commitment to Quality Pays Off for Charter Students

Education Next – Nina Rees

“When it comes to giving parents a choice in their children’s public education, quality matters most. The state of Texas has been making a concerted effort to raise the quality of its public charter schools through sound policy reform, effective implementation, and resources to help practitioners zero in on improvement. This effort is paying off, especially for Hispanic students. That’s the upshot of two recent studies that looked at Texas charter school students in K-12 and in college.”(more)

Making automation and globalization work for more people starts in elementary school

The Dallas Morning News – William McKenzie

“What is happening at this Dallas school district campus is encouraging as well as instructive. One of the economy’s biggest challenges is making the forces of automation and globalization work for more people. That is especially important as we debate more decent-paying jobs, the kind that expand the middle class.”(more)