textbooks http://wrkf.org en Education Committee Talks "Empowerment" http://wrkf.org/post/education-committee-talks-empowerment <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The word of the day in the Senate Education Committee Wednesday was “empowerment”, with bills giving more authority to school principals and local districts moving forward.</p><p>The “Empowered Community Schools” bill, SB 385, by Sen. Eric LaFleur (D-Ville Platte) would allow principals rated “highly effective” to basically declare themselves in charge — of hiring and firing and over school service and repair contracts. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 23686 at http://wrkf.org Education Committee Talks "Empowerment" Texas Overhauls Textbook Approval To Ease Tensions Over Evolution http://wrkf.org/post/texas-overhauls-textbook-approval-ease-tensions-over-evolution The Texas Board of Education, which has long been an ideological battleground for the teaching of evolution, says it will <a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20140131-texas-education-board-overhauls-graduation-requirements.ece">limit the use of citizen review panels and instead give priority to teachers</a> in determining science and history curricula.<p>Because Texas public schools represent such a large market for textbook publishers, the state has an outsized influence on what is taught in the rest of the country.<p>Science curricula in particular have become a sourc Sat, 01 Feb 2014 16:29:19 +0000 Scott Neuman 22028 at http://wrkf.org Texas Overhauls Textbook Approval To Ease Tensions Over Evolution