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Laura Isensee

Laura Isensee appears in the following:

Texas Textbook Called Out As 'Racist' Against Mexican-Americans

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Professors, activists and students alike are calling for the Texas School Board not to approve a textbook many find offensive.

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Who Will Fix The Texas School Funding System?

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Texas Supreme Court justices ruled the school funding system constitutional, and they aren't requiring any legislative changes. But they also said the state's 5 million schoolchildren deserve better.

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For 40 Years, One Texas Family Has Fought For Equal School Funding

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

In 1973, in a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled there's no right to equal school funding in the Constitution. But plaintiff Demetrio Rodriguez's legacy lives on — in his daughter, a teacher.

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Why America's Schools Have A Money Problem

Monday, April 18, 2016

How much money a school can spend on its students still depends, in large part, on local property taxes. And many states aren't doing much to level the field for poor kids.

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Why America's Schools Have A Money Problem

Monday, April 18, 2016

How much money a school can spend on its students still depends, in large part, on local property taxes. And many states aren't doing much to level the field for poor kids.

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Why Calling Slaves 'Workers' Is More Than An Editing Error

Friday, October 23, 2015

Coby Burren was reading his textbook, sitting in geography class at Pearland High School near Houston, when he noticed a troubling caption. The 15-year-old quickly took a picture with his phone and sent it to his mother.

Next to a map of the United States describing "patterns of immigration," it ...

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In Houston's Gifted Program, Critics Say Blacks And Latinos Are Overlooked

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Whites and Asians get most of the spots in the city's gifted and talented program. One researcher describes it as being "segregated by race and income."

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How Textbooks Can Teach Different Versions Of History

Monday, July 13, 2015

About 5 million public school students in Texas this year will get new and controversial textbooks that critics say water down history.

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In Class It's 'Ms. Smalls,' Onstage She's 'Miss Houston'

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The NPR Ed team is discovering what teachers do when they're not teaching. Artist? Carpenter? Quidditch player? Explore our Secret Lives of Teachers series.

It wasn't until Isis Smalls arrived on campus wearing a rhinestone-encrusted tiara and a sash emblazoned with "Miss Houston" that her students discovered she ...

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Texas Hits The Books

Friday, November 21, 2014

For the first time in more than a decade, the Texas State Board of Education has adopted new social studies textbooks. But the process came with a few hiccups.

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More School Districts Rethink Zero-Tolerance Policies

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

When a child is suspended or expelled, it rarely improves his behavior or his academics. One school in Houston has adopted an old technique to handle student disputes: the healing circle.

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Fed Up With Zero Tolerance In Schools, Advocates Push For Change

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Studies show that harsh policies, including criminalization, don't help the students who are removed from the classroom — and that schools punish black, Latino and disabled students more harshly.

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