MCA Updates

8/15/2018 7:03 PM in

What is the rest of the story about Texas' A-F letter grades? The following is an opinion article from Moak, Casey and Associates.

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4/23/2018 12:33 PM in

Our New Address: 901 S. MoPac Expy., Bldg. III, Suite 310, Austin, TX 78746

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3/8/2018 2:39 PM in

UPDATE 3/8/18: Texas sent its' final ESSA plan to USDE on March 6.  Attached to this article is a user-friendly table that shows 'what's out, what's in and what's final' regarding the changes made to various assessment and accountability indicators since Sept.

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3/27/2018 1:46 PM in

UPDATED as of 3/26/18: Commissioner of Education MIke Morath announced yesterday that USDE approved Texas' ESSA Plan. Attached to this article is a user-friendly table that shows 'what's out, what's in, and what's final'  regarding the changes that have been made since the plan was first submitted in Sept. 2017.

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2/15/2018 3:42 PM in

Does the new accountability system make the grade? The following is an opinion article from Moak, Casey and Associates.

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1/19/2018 6:44 AM in

The Texas School Alliance (TSA) represents 37 of the largest districts in Texas, and educates nearly 2.2 million students (or 40% of the state's pupil enrollment.) Attached is TSA's response to Governor Abbott's property tax plan.

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1/16/2018 12:09 PM in

Governor Abbott released a blueprint for his new property tax relief reform.  The 33 page report calls for several new changes to the property tax process, including a limit on property tax revenue growth of 2.5 percent for political subdivisions, including school districts.  

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1/15/2018 6:35 AM in

The Texas School Alliance (TSA) represents 37 of the largest districts in Texas, and educates nearly 2.2 million students (or 40% of the state's pupil enrollment.) Attached is TSA's response to Governor Abbott's letter implying that public school districts exhibited a  "dereliction of duty."

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10/23/2017 3:18 PM in

Speaker Straus adds an assortment of interim charges to his list of Harvey-related charges.

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9/1/2017 1:43 PM in

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8/29/2017 4:02 PM in

The Texas Education Agency has posted a central website hub for districts related to Hurricane Harvey.  

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7/17/2017 1:03 PM in

The following is an opinion article from Moak, Casey and Associates.

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5/24/2017 9:36 AM in

Education Week has been a great resource for Trump's proposed education budget.  The most recent blog post describes how the policies would impact the states with the most disadvantaged students.  

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5/11/2017 10:59 AM in

Please find attached the Senate Committee Substitute for HB 21. 

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3/6/2017 5:06 PM in

This afternoon Dan Huberty, chairman of the House Public Education Committee, addressed the press concerning HB 21, a school finance bill which he filed today.  The LBB released models of the new school finance plan as well.

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2/22/2017 11:18 AM in

Forty-four days into the 85th Legislative Session (96 days remaining), the budget process is still in its initial stages.  Both the Senate and House Committees and the respective subcommittees and working groups have heard public testimony. MCA has prepared an updated overview. 

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5/11/2017 10:59 AM in

The following is an opinion article from Moak, Casey and Associates

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1/18/2017 4:33 PM in

The Lt. Governor announced the members of the Senate committees today. Sen. Taylor will be the chair of the Senate Education Committee.  For more details please view the document.  

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1/10/2017 8:24 AM in

TEA Commissioner Mike Morath publicly released the 2015-16 A-F Ratings: A Report to the 85th Texas Legislature. The following is Moak, Casey and Associates' preliminary analysis of this "work-in-progress" report.

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5/11/2017 11:00 AM in

The following is an opinion article from Moak, Casey and Associates.

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10/27/2016 9:14 AM in

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus sent a letter to the Texas Education Agency to immediately stop penalizing school districts for providing specialized education services to more than 8.5 percent of students.

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5/13/2016 9:48 AM in

The Texas Supreme Court has ruled on the school finance case this morning. We are still reviewing the 100 page document, but the current school finance system has been ruled constitutional on all fronts. We will have more analysis is coming days.   

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2/22/2016 2:01 PM in

On Wednesday, February 17, 2016, MCA staff collaborated with staff from Houston ISD to deliver a presentation as part of the 2016 Texas Assessment Conference in Austin.

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1/29/2016 10:11 AM in

MCA staff, in collaboration with Houston ISD staff, delivered a presentation, "Interim Activity in Texas Public Education Assessment and Accountability," on Tuesday, January 26, at this year's Mid-Winter Conference in Austin.

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5/13/2016 10:25 AM in

The Moak Casey and Associates finance presentation from the Midwinter 2016 conference is available in PDF format.

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5/13/2016 10:26 AM in

In spring 2014, Raise Your Hand Texas engaged Moak, Casey & Associates to analyze the financing, including current revenues and expenditures, of Texas open-enrollment charter schools, and compare funding information to that of Texas public school districts. The purpose of this study is to identify differences in funding between the charter schools and school districts.

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2/11/2016 10:27 AM in

From Austin American-Statesman: "Gov. Greg Abbott’s choice to lead the Texas Pension Review Board has drawn sharp criticism from labor organizations that equated the appointment to a betrayal of trust by the governor."

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10/5/2015 9:54 AM in

On Friday, October 2, MCA staff delivered a presentation at the 2015 TASA-TASB Conference, "The Impact of the 84th Legislature on Assessment and Accountability."  A .pdf version of the slides used to support the presentation is posted here.

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9/23/2015 3:15 PM in

The link above provides information regarding recent correspondence from TEA.

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9/23/2015 3:15 PM in

The link above is to TEA's correspondence.

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