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    Through the Looking Glass: The Rebranding of School Vouchers

    Voucher advocates are growing increasingly irritable. Texans aren’t buying into their fforts to rebrand vouchers – a term that even voucher supporters acknowledge is political kryptonite – into warmer, fuzzier sounding “Education Savings Accounts” (ESAs) and “tax credit scholarships.”

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    2017 Research Update: New Voucher Policy Brief

    When it comes to school vouchers, additional choices do not necessarily equate to higher quality choices. As explained in this brief, school voucher programs that operate outside the public system with limited or no transparency and no accountability requirements do not have a track record of success.

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    Where is Quality School Choice Thriving? You Might Be Surprised

    No longer separated by hundreds of miles or zip codes, cutting-edge programs and quality choices are increasingly available to public school students across the state, to the benefit of Texas families and the state’s future economy. While urban and suburban public school districts educating the majority of Texas students have multiple school choice and innovative programs, similar offerings are popping up like windmills along a West Texas highway among rural communities and smaller districts.

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    The Value of Family Engagement

    The key to her school’s success, says Principal Barnes, is working closely with the families and asking for their input on everything.

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    Raising Blended Learners: Year One By the Numbers

    Don't miss our latest video, “Raising Blended Learners: Year One By the Numbers.”

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    A Pin for Public School Champions

    Those who wear this exclusive lapel pin are members of a growing group of transformed public school principals who support the belief that the future of Texas is in our public schools. Read more to learn how to earn one.

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    Family and Community Engagement in Texas

    There is a growing body of research that demonstrates family, school, and community partnerships can have systemic and sustained effects on learning outcomes, even in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.

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    My Story: Family and Community Matters

    I am a product of what can happen when schools, families, and communities collaborate in order to educate a child.

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    Rural, impoverished students see themselves in their principal

    Lucy Rede Franco Middle School in Presidio ISD sits on a hill facing picturesque mountains set against a great big Texas sky. The beauty of the geographical landscape belies the challenging resource landscape facing one of the poorest school districts in the state.

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    Raising Blended Learners at iNACOL 2016

    Last week, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) hosted the 2016 Blended and Online Learning Symposium in San Antonio.

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