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News September 27, 2012

LBJ School Professor Warns Against Overemphasizing Standardized Tests in Two Major Forums

As Texas gears up for the 83rd Legislative Session this January, high-stakes testing may be one of the issues on the agenda. Carolyn Heinrich, Director of the LBJ School’s Center for Health and Social Policy, is doing everything she can to make sure lawmakers are informed prior to the start of this debate.

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News September 27, 2012

Powers Touts High Quality, High Efficiency at University of Texas at Austin

Balancing a commitment to efficiency with a continued focus on excellence in the classroom and in research is the only way for The University of Texas at Austin to become the best public university in the nation, President Bill Powers said today in his annual State of the University address.

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News September 24, 2012

Former Deputy Comptroller of Texas Billy Hamilton on the state budget, the role of public service and the value of his LBJ School dducation

From the rising cost of health care to financing Texas’s public education system, there’s very little Billy Hamilton didn’t touch on during his tenure as the Texas deputy comptroller. Hamilton (MPAff '75) is known in the world of public service as an insightful and compassionate manager. We asked him to share his thoughts on several pertinent issues surrounding the state of public affairs, Texas politics and leadership.

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News September 21, 2012

Opening the black box on education: High-stakes accountability examined

This issue of how to best prepare students is at the forefront of national and state debates. Global competitors continue to surpass the United States in areas of education and labor force measures. Growing high school dropout rates, among other striking statistics, bring the debate about how to objectively measure student achievement to the forefront. LBJ School faculty continue to inform the debate with rigorous and innovative education policy research.

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News September 18, 2012

Four LBJ School faculty selected to help shape policy dialogue at annual Texas Tribune Festival

Just as the November elections are heating up, The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan journalism organization, brought its second annual Texas Tribune Festivalto The University of Texas at Austin campus. Spread over three days, the event featured a full weekend of debate, discussion and dialogue featuring some of the biggest names in the world of politics and public policy, including chairs of major committees in the Texas House and Senate. Among the university faculty invited to participate as presenters and moderators, four LBJ School faculty members, including two research center directors, were asked to help shape the dialogue of several policy panels,

 

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News September 8, 2012

Associate Professor Eugene Gholz Receives Exceptional Public Service Medal

 In a ceremony that took place this summer, Strauss Distinguished Scholar Eugene Gholz received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Public Service Medal, one of the highest awards the Secretary of Defense can bestow on a private citizen. The award was presented for the contributions

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News September 5, 2012

Election 2012: LBJ School Faculty Blogs and Commentary Covering the Major Issues

As the presidential debates led to voting in November, LBJ School faculty were at the forefront of discussions on the nation's most pressing issues.

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News September 4, 2012

LBJ Professor Barbara Jordan's landmark speech to the 1976 Democratic National Convention

On July 12, 1976, Barbara Jordan, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, became the first African American woman to deliver the keynote address to the Democratic National Convention. Although Jordan retired from politics just three years later to join the faculty at the LBJ School of

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News August 30, 2012

CPG and GOVERNING Host Annual Texas Leadership Forum

The LBJ School’s Center for Politics and Governance and GOVERNING Texas will host the annual Texas Leadership Forum on Sept. 6. The event will feature a keynote address by Bill Benjamin, executive coach and emotional intelligence expert.

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News August 27, 2012

Remembering How to Dream by Jeremi Suri

 

Neil Armstrong lived the American dream. His life should inspire us to make that dream a reality again today. We have many challenges, but our society still has so much more than it did when Armstrong began his journey that took him from small town Ohio to the moon.

 

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