WEEKLY REPORT October 28, 2011 STAAR adds rigor, does away with idea of “teaching the tests” The new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, are expected to increase rigor and critical thinking standards that won’t leave much room for yawning in the classroom. (View complete article here.) 10 unexciting […]
Archive | October, 2011
WEEKLY REPORT October 21, 2011 Shapiro Taking Job With Academic Partnerships As state Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, winds down her career in the Legislature, she is fixing to begin a new one with Academic Partnerships, a Dallas-based company that helps public universities convert their courses into online offerings. (View complete article here.) […]
Arnold Public Affairs represents the Jewish Federation of Houston and every two years we take a group of Texas legislators to Israel on a fact finding tour. Texas has many of the same challenges as Israel, including the assimilation of a significant number of immigrants and of course, the lack of water. Read the recent […]
Crowdsourcing is a new approach to gauging public opinion about public policy issues. The Texas Senate Business and Commerce Committee will utilize this technique over the interim to receive additional input about payday lending practices in the state.
WEEKLY REPORT October 14, 2011 State tax revenues on the rebound Texas tax revenues have bounced back to levels nearly equal to pre-recession levels, indicating that the economy is in recovery, the state’s chief revenue estimator said Wednesday. (View complete article here.) State sales tax receipts grew nearly 12 percent in September […]
WEEKLY REPORT October 7, 2011 Supply Pinch in Texas Electricity Rules Low wholesale prices have prompted power companies to defer construction of generating plants and shutter old units, cutting supplies. Meanwhile, demand hit record levels this year, due to extreme heat and continuing population growth. Texas came close to rolling blackouts this summer and […]