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mrs aaron
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by mrs aaron on September 3rd, 2009

Austin, TX

A new study on East Austin schools suggests that simply changing the culture
of parent-teacher involvement can produce dramatic gains in test scores.

KUT’s Nathan Bernier reports on the study by the Annenberg Institute for
School Reform. You can read the full report here.

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For the Annenberg Study click here:
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by schroed on September 3rd, 2009

um, hate to be a wet blanket here, but that report is not quite what I'd call a rigorous impact evaluation. No doubt what they're describing is a good program. But to say that "changing the culture... produces dramatic gains in test scores" is not, according to my read, strictly supported by the evidence.

It's probably more fair to say that "schools that were more receptive to the program also showed the greatest test score gains." This statement is clearly supported by the evidence. Of course, it's not nearly as interesting of a headline.
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by mrs aaron on September 14th, 2009

Harassment & Bullying in Schools -
An Open Community Forum on Safe Schools

Austin, Texas (September 8, 2009) - Every student in Texas schools
deserves an education free from the harmful physical and emotional
effects of harassment and bullying. However, as schools across the
state are reopening for the Fall term, thousands of Texas children
dread going to school to face the taunts, jeers, humiliation, physical
intimidation and pain inflicted through harassment and bullying.

The Equality Texas Foundation is concerned that many school districts'
current policies on bullying and harassment may be inadequate, or
inadequately enforced. Although Texas' schools have worked to make
safe schools a reality by putting in place bullying and harassment
policies required by the Texas Education Code, we believe current
statutes do not yet adequately address the prevention, intervention,
and elimination of bullying and harassment from our schools.

Although well-defined and communicated policies help deal with
bullying and harassment when it happens, a comprehensive program is
necessary for prevention. Programs that integrate a data-tracking
system for bullying and harassment incidents, a robust district-level
policy that is consistently enforced, and a research-proven program to
educate both students and staff about bullying and harassment have
been found to be the most effective.

On Wednesday, September 16, 2009, the Equality Texas Foundation will
host the first of several open community forums on safe schools.

Safe Schools Forum
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.
Baker School Cafeteria
3908 Avenue B, Austin, TX 78751

Kime Mitchell Parent of a bullied child in the Georgetown ISD
Megan Flowers Coordinator, No Place for Hate program of the
Anti-Defamation League
Dianna Groves Student Intervention Specialist, Dept. of Student
Support, Austin ISD
Eric Metcalf Chief Program Officer, Communities in Schools of Central

Texas Moderator:
Martha Oestreich Board Chair, Equality Texas Foundation & Executive
Director of Development, UT Division of Diversity and Community

Parents and students are encouraged to join us for this important open
discussion on school safety.

This forum is presented by Equality Texas Foundation, in collaboration
with the City of Austin Human Rights Commission, the Anti-Defamation
League, the Texas Civil Rights Project, and the Texas GSA Network, a project of Out Youth.

Additional Community Forums on Safe Schools are scheduled for Houston,
San Antonio, El Paso, and Dallas/Fort Worth.

Equality Texas Foundation educates and engages the public about
policies and their effect on Texans of all sexual orientations and
gender identities/expressi ons.
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