Watchdog Nation Series on Texas Public Schools

Dave Lieber’s Watchdog Nation plunged into the debate about Texas independent school districts with a series of riveting stories. Catch up on all the education stories here.

These stories originally appeared in The Dallas Morning News Watchdog column.

Here’s a look at modern school life through the eyes of two students (2020)

A through F grading system for Texas public schools is one more way to stigmatize poor neighborhoods

Watchdog: Grading schools? Not if school districts can help it

How a school district uses its power to tilt a tax-increase election in its favor

State lawmaker says Texas school board members get ‘indoctrination’ into groupthink culture

Dishonor roll: Former FBI agent turned Texas public school investigator sees corruption up close

Watchdog: Texas school boards team up against change

Watchdog: Crying poverty from inside Frisco ISD’s Grand Palace

Watchdog: Superintendent shows how school districts crush critics





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Texas Education Agency announces new investigative unit to probe troubled school districts

Texas Education Agency Commissioner Michael Williams has announced a new investigative unit to make sure the more than 1,000 Texas school districts follow the rules. The state auditor’s office had scolded TEA for not investigating cheating allegations in the El Paso school district.

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No surprise there. TEA has had a philosophy of allowing school districts to police themselves. The new investigative unit would handle complaints of wrongdoing, something state education regulators don’t like to do.

Watchdog Nation promises to watch the new unit’s work very carefully. We congratulate Commissioner Williams for making the move.

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