This week begins the state of Texas standardized testing regime known as STAAR, (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness). And after a host of problems with the test in 2016, parents and educators are eager to see a smooth rollout of the exam that already causes great anxiety for many families and schools.
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Somewhat lost in the mix of stories about federal budget cuts, and the health care debate last week, was the Supreme Courts decision on special education, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District. In a rare unanimous opinion the court held that school standards under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act can not be minimal. Instead actual goals and progress must be the norm sought. Greg Groogan covers Houstonian reactions.
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While much national outrage has been evident after the President’s preliminary budget appeared to zero-out Meals on Wheels, private donations and volunteers have actually increased around the nation. However, staff and advocates of Houston’s own Meals on Wheels, (operated by Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston) emphasize the importance of a continued federal contribution to the program that feeds home-bound seniors.
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