- Analysis shows Texas Youth Commission failing at education
- An upside for TYC teachers - hazard pay - reflects downside
"Schoolwork in solitary confinement was a crossword puzzle or math problems on a single piece of paper. One mentally retarded inmate, who read at a second-grade level, still got a high school diploma."
"Inmates at different grade levels found themselves in the same classroom."
"In March, the state auditor found that education at TYC relied more on independent study than classroom instruction."
"TYC's own records show that even when inmates attended classes, they sometimes don't receive proper course credit. And even when they do, the quality of instruction may be suspect.""Critics say TYC's focus on GEDs comes at the expense of traditional academic lessons. The practice of pursuing both a GED and a high school diploma, they say, is absurd – a poor substitute for vocational training that could help inmates learn a useful trade and land a job."
"Unlike most teachers across the Lone Star State, educators at TYC earn hazard pay and receive training in how to physically restrain students."
"The lack of certified teachers contributes to a variety of problems, including larger classes, educator burnout and turnover. Internal audits have sounded the alarm about TYC's teacher shortage. But legislative reforms of TYC earlier this year overlooked the agency's overwhelming need for teachers. "