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Senate tentatively OKs private school scholarship bill
 The Texas Senate on Monday tentatively passed 19-12 a bill that would create a private school scholarship program for students with disabilities who want to leave public schools. Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Brownsville, crossed party lines to vote in favor of the bill; Sens. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, and Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, crossed...

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The Texas Senate on Monday tentatively passed 19-12 a bill that would create a private school scholarship program for students with disabilities who want to leave public schools. Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Brownsville, crossed party lines to vote in favor of the bill; Sens. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, and Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, crossed...
House panel to consider $1.8 billion school funding bill Monday
 Following a flurry of action over the past few days in the Senate to pass major school finance reforms, the House Public Education Committee will introduce its own $1.8 billion education funding fix on Monday. House Public Education Chairman Dan Huberty, R-Houston, has filed House Bill 21, which is similar to the $1.5 billion funding plan...

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Following a flurry of action over the past few days in the Senate to pass major school finance reforms, the House Public Education Committee will introduce its own $1.8 billion education funding fix on Monday. House Public Education Chairman Dan Huberty, R-Houston, has filed House Bill 21, which is similar to the $1.5 billion funding plan...
Senate plan to direct lottery money to teacher pay gets cold reception
 Some public education advocates pressed lawmakers on Sunday to reconsider a plan to use existing lottery revenue earmarked for schools specifically on teacher pay raises and bonuses. “We’re saying take those dollars and move them over to teacher salaries and so you now have that void. And so districts are being asked to make those...

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Some public education advocates pressed lawmakers on Sunday to reconsider a plan to use existing lottery revenue earmarked for schools specifically on teacher pay raises and bonuses. “We’re saying take those dollars and move them over to teacher salaries and so you now have that void. And so districts are being asked to make those...
Bill targeting government employee union dues heads to Senate
 A Senate panel approved a bill 6-3 Sunday that would prohibit payroll deductions of labor organization dues. Sen. Robert Nichols of Jacksonville was the only Republican to vote against the bill. Those speaking against the bill during the three-hour hearing of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee included teachers, health workers and...

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A Senate panel approved a bill 6-3 Sunday that would prohibit payroll deductions of labor organization dues. Sen. Robert Nichols of Jacksonville was the only Republican to vote against the bill. Those speaking against the bill during the three-hour hearing of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee included teachers, health workers and...
Bill targeting public employee union dues advances to full Senate
 6 p.m. update: The Senate Business and Commerce Committee passed SB 7, which would ban public employee payroll deductions of labor organization dues. The vote was 6-3; Sen. Robert Nichols of Jacksonville was the only Republican to vote against the bill. Read the full story on mystatesman.com 4 p.m. update: Several government employees, attending...

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6 p.m. update: The Senate Business and Commerce Committee passed SB 7, which would ban public employee payroll deductions of labor organization dues. The vote was 6-3; Sen. Robert Nichols of Jacksonville was the only Republican to vote against the bill. Read the full story on mystatesman.com 4 p.m. update: Several government employees, attending...
Teacher pay, retirement bill advances in Senate despite concerns
 The Texas Senate Finance Committee approved a bill Saturday that would give Texas teachers raises and bonuses and pump millions into the Teacher Retirement System, despite a tepid reception from teacher groups. Senate Bill 19 passed 10-3, mostly along party lines. Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen was present but didn&rsquo...

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The Texas Senate Finance Committee approved a bill Saturday that would give Texas teachers raises and bonuses and pump millions into the Teacher Retirement System, despite a tepid reception from teacher groups. Senate Bill 19 passed 10-3, mostly along party lines. Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen was present but didn&rsquo...
Senate panel passes teacher pay raise bill despite teacher objections
 4:30 p.m. update: The Senate Finance Committee approved a bill that would give teachers raises and bonuses and pump money into the Teacher Retirement System, despite getting a tepid reception from teacher groups on Saturday. SB 19 passsed 10-3, mostly along party lines. Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen was present but didn&rsquo...

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4:30 p.m. update: The Senate Finance Committee approved a bill that would give teachers raises and bonuses and pump money into the Teacher Retirement System, despite getting a tepid reception from teacher groups on Saturday. SB 19 passsed 10-3, mostly along party lines. Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen was present but didn&rsquo...
Senate panel advances school finance, ‘private school choice’ bills
 The Senate Education Committee on Friday sent to the full chamber two bills that address many of the major education-related issues on the special session agenda, including school finance and “private school choice.” Senate Bill 2, filed by Senate Education Committee Chairman Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, drew eight hours of public...

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The Senate Education Committee on Friday sent to the full chamber two bills that address many of the major education-related issues on the special session agenda, including school finance and “private school choice.” Senate Bill 2, filed by Senate Education Committee Chairman Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, drew eight hours of public...
Senate health panel approves three abortion bills
 The state Senate Health and Human Services Committee approved five bills Friday, including three that would expand abortion-related regulations. A fourth bill approved by the panel Friday would require that health care facilities like a hospital or hospice ensure that do-not-resuscitate orders are disclosed to patients or their medical decision-makers...

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The state Senate Health and Human Services Committee approved five bills Friday, including three that would expand abortion-related regulations. A fourth bill approved by the panel Friday would require that health care facilities like a hospital or hospice ensure that do-not-resuscitate orders are disclosed to patients or their medical decision-makers...
Senate panel OKs private school scholarship, funding commission bills
 5 p.m. update: The Senate Education Committee passed two key bills on Friday, including one that would create a scholarship program for students looking to enroll in private school. The committee unanimously advanced Senate Bill 16 which would create a state commission to make recommendations on the beleaguered school finance system. They...

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5 p.m. update: The Senate Education Committee passed two key bills on Friday, including one that would create a scholarship program for students looking to enroll in private school. The committee unanimously advanced Senate Bill 16 which would create a state commission to make recommendations on the beleaguered school finance system. They...
Abortion-related bills sent to full Senate for a vote
 Update 3 p.m.: The state Senate Health and Human Services Committee approved five bills Friday, the first of the legislative session to be sent to a full chamber for a vote since Gov. Greg Abbott expanded the scope of the agenda early Thursday. Three of the bills dealt with abortion and passed on a party-line 6-3 vote. A bill extending the...

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Update 3 p.m.: The state Senate Health and Human Services Committee approved five bills Friday, the first of the legislative session to be sent to a full chamber for a vote since Gov. Greg Abbott expanded the scope of the agenda early Thursday. Three of the bills dealt with abortion and passed on a party-line 6-3 vote. A bill extending the...
Following low reading scores, Abbott launches new school initiative
 Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Education Agency have launched an elementary school reading initiative in the wake of declining reading scores on state standardized tests this spring. Parts of the Texas Readers initiative build on efforts to improve literacy among public school students. However, included in the plan that Abbott outlined on...

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Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Education Agency have launched an elementary school reading initiative in the wake of declining reading scores on state standardized tests this spring. Parts of the Texas Readers initiative build on efforts to improve literacy among public school students. However, included in the plan that Abbott outlined on...
Amid declining reading scores, Gov. Abbott launches new initiative
 After almost all Texas students posted worse reading scores on state standardized tests this spring, Gov. Greg Abbott along with the Texas Education Agency have launched an elementary school reading initiative. Parts of the Texas Readers initiative builds on current programs to improve literacy among public school students. However, included...

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After almost all Texas students posted worse reading scores on state standardized tests this spring, Gov. Greg Abbott along with the Texas Education Agency have launched an elementary school reading initiative. Parts of the Texas Readers initiative builds on current programs to improve literacy among public school students. However, included...
Hundreds of Texas teachers rally against special session issues
 More than 1,000 teachers and retired public school teachers, members of all major statewide teacher groups, descended onto the Capitol on Monday to decry major parts of Gov. Greg Abbott’s education agenda that lawmakers are slated to tackle during the special legislative session that starts Tuesday. Traveling from across the state...

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More than 1,000 teachers and retired public school teachers, members of all major statewide teacher groups, descended onto the Capitol on Monday to decry major parts of Gov. Greg Abbott’s education agenda that lawmakers are slated to tackle during the special legislative session that starts Tuesday. Traveling from across the state...
Hundreds of Texas teachers rally against special session issues
 All major statewide teacher groups and many of their members decended onto the Texas Capitol Monday to decry major parts of Gov. Greg Abbott’s education agenda that lawmakers are slated to tackle during the special legislative session. Traveling from across the state, hundreds of current and retired public school teachers wore apple-red...

Posted: 6 days ago

All major statewide teacher groups and many of their members decended onto the Texas Capitol Monday to decry major parts of Gov. Greg Abbott’s education agenda that lawmakers are slated to tackle during the special legislative session. Traveling from across the state, hundreds of current and retired public school teachers wore apple-red...
Pflugerville ISD sees dip in STAAR passing rates
 State standardized test results from the Pflugerville school district this year show passing rates decreasing nearly across the board when compared with prior years of testing. Results from students in grades 3-8 who took the Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness in the spring showed rates for passing students falling by as much as 8 percent...

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State standardized test results from the Pflugerville school district this year show passing rates decreasing nearly across the board when compared with prior years of testing. Results from students in grades 3-8 who took the Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness in the spring showed rates for passing students falling by as much as 8 percent...
Lawmakers propose reining in health costs for Texas retired teachers
 After failing to temper soaring health care costs for retired teachers, state lawmakers are considering giving retired teachers up to $1,200 more a year and pumping $200 million into their health care over the next two years. Starting in January, many retired teachers, particularly those under the age of 65, will see higher premiums...

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After failing to temper soaring health care costs for retired teachers, state lawmakers are considering giving retired teachers up to $1,200 more a year and pumping $200 million into their health care over the next two years. Starting in January, many retired teachers, particularly those under the age of 65, will see higher premiums...
Lt. Gov. Patrick offers to boost teacher pay; teacher groups dubious
 Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick unveiled a plan Thursday to boost teacher pay beyond the $1,000 raise called for by Gov. Greg Abbott, and to ultimately pay for it by requiring school districts to reallocate existing funds and, if voters agree, earmarking the first $700 million in lottery money, which already goes to education, for teacher salaries....

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick unveiled a plan Thursday to boost teacher pay beyond the $1,000 raise called for by Gov. Greg Abbott, and to ultimately pay for it by requiring school districts to reallocate existing funds and, if voters agree, earmarking the first $700 million in lottery money, which already goes to education, for teacher salaries....
Lawmakers propose reining in health costs for Texas retired teachers
 After failing to temper soaring health care costs for retired teachers, state lawmakers are considering giving retired teachers up to $1,200 more a year and pumping $200 million into their health care over the next two years. Starting in January, many retired teachers, particularly those under the age of 65, will see higher premiums and deductibles...

Posted: 11 days ago

After failing to temper soaring health care costs for retired teachers, state lawmakers are considering giving retired teachers up to $1,200 more a year and pumping $200 million into their health care over the next two years. Starting in January, many retired teachers, particularly those under the age of 65, will see higher premiums and deductibles...
‘Civil liberties’ at center of vaccination debate in Texas
 The heart of the vaccine debate is not just about whether vaccines help or hurt children anymore. It’s about civil liberties, at least in Texas. An episode of “VICE News Tonight” that aired Wednesday on HBO focuses on what the program considers a uniquely Texan phenomenon that came to a head during the regular legislative...

Posted: 11 days ago

The heart of the vaccine debate is not just about whether vaccines help or hurt children anymore. It’s about civil liberties, at least in Texas. An episode of “VICE News Tonight” that aired Wednesday on HBO focuses on what the program considers a uniquely Texan phenomenon that came to a head during the regular legislative...
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