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Texas Senate resurrects school finance, ‘school choice’ bill
 House Bill 21, the school finance and school choice bill that was declared dead earlier this week, might have been resurrected. Without much discussion, the Texas Senate on Saturday appointed senators to a conference committee to hash out differences in the bill with members of the House, who were appointed on Wednesday. Without a compromise...

Posted: 2 hours ago

House Bill 21, the school finance and school choice bill that was declared dead earlier this week, might have been resurrected. Without much discussion, the Texas Senate on Saturday appointed senators to a conference committee to hash out differences in the bill with members of the House, who were appointed on Wednesday. Without a compromise...
Legislature keeps cuts to program for poor kids with disabilities
 Over Democratic objections and against Texas House Speaker Joe Straus’ wishes, the Legislature this year won’t undo severe cuts adopted in 2015 to a program that serves low-income children with disabilities. The House on Friday voted 115-21 to go along with a Senate budget plan that declines to alter the dramatic reductions &mdash...

Posted: 22 hours ago

Over Democratic objections and against Texas House Speaker Joe Straus’ wishes, the Legislature this year won’t undo severe cuts adopted in 2015 to a program that serves low-income children with disabilities. The House on Friday voted 115-21 to go along with a Senate budget plan that declines to alter the dramatic reductions &mdash...
Legislature keeps cuts to program for poor kids with disabilities
 Over Democratic objections and against Texas House Speaker Joe Straus’ wishes, the Legislature this year won’t undo severe cuts adopted in 2015 to a program that serves low-income children with disabilities. The House on Friday voted 115-21 to go along with a Senate budget plan that declines to alter the dramatic reductions &mdash...

Posted: 23 hours ago

Over Democratic objections and against Texas House Speaker Joe Straus’ wishes, the Legislature this year won’t undo severe cuts adopted in 2015 to a program that serves low-income children with disabilities. The House on Friday voted 115-21 to go along with a Senate budget plan that declines to alter the dramatic reductions &mdash...
Texas Senate trims House bills to address STAAR, A-F rating system
 The Texas Senate early Thursday passed stripped-down versions of House bills that would address state standardized tests and how the state evaluates school districts and campuses starting in 2018. House Bill 22, which passed 29-2, would reduce the number of categories from five to four in which schools and districts would be graded under...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Texas Senate early Thursday passed stripped-down versions of House bills that would address state standardized tests and how the state evaluates school districts and campuses starting in 2018. House Bill 22, which passed 29-2, would reduce the number of categories from five to four in which schools and districts would be graded under...
New Texas law aims to crack down on teacher misconduct with students
 Superintendents and principals who intentionally hide improper relationships between students and teachers will now face jail time. Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday signed into law Senate Bill 7, one of the priority bills this legislative session that’s aimed at cracking down on the rising number of cases of improper relationships between...

Posted: 2 days ago

Superintendents and principals who intentionally hide improper relationships between students and teachers will now face jail time. Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday signed into law Senate Bill 7, one of the priority bills this legislative session that’s aimed at cracking down on the rising number of cases of improper relationships between...
Will Gov. Abbott call a special session over bathroom bill and taxes?
 Gov. Greg Abbott said on Thursday that he is not yet ready to talk about a special session to address what he considers insufficient efforts to restrict bathroom use by transgender people and rein in property taxes. The regular legislative session ends Monday. “We’ve got plenty of time to continue in this regular session. I think...

Posted: 2 days ago

Gov. Greg Abbott said on Thursday that he is not yet ready to talk about a special session to address what he considers insufficient efforts to restrict bathroom use by transgender people and rein in property taxes. The regular legislative session ends Monday. “We’ve got plenty of time to continue in this regular session. I think...
Gov. Abbott: ‘Plenty of time’ to avoid special legislative session
 Gov. Greg Abbott said on Thursday that he is not yet ready to talk about a special session to address what he considers insufficient efforts to restrict bathroom use by transgender people and rein in property taxes. The regular legislative session ends Monday. “We’ve got plenty of time to continue in this regular session. I think...

Posted: 2 days ago

Gov. Greg Abbott said on Thursday that he is not yet ready to talk about a special session to address what he considers insufficient efforts to restrict bathroom use by transgender people and rein in property taxes. The regular legislative session ends Monday. “We’ve got plenty of time to continue in this regular session. I think...
New Texas law aims to crack down on teacher misconduct with students
 Superintendents and principals who intentionally hide improper relationships between students and teachers will now face jail time. Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday signed into law Senate Bill 7, one of the priority bills this legislative session that’s aimed at cracking down on the rising number of cases of improper relationships between...

Posted: 2 days ago

Superintendents and principals who intentionally hide improper relationships between students and teachers will now face jail time. Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday signed into law Senate Bill 7, one of the priority bills this legislative session that’s aimed at cracking down on the rising number of cases of improper relationships between...
Texas Senate trims House bills to address STAAR, A-F rating system
 The Texas Senate early Thursday passed stripped-down versions of House bills that would address state standardized tests and how the state evaluates school districts and campuses starting in 2018. House Bill 22, which passed 29-2, would reduce the number of categories from five to four in which schools and districts would be graded under...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Texas Senate early Thursday passed stripped-down versions of House bills that would address state standardized tests and how the state evaluates school districts and campuses starting in 2018. House Bill 22, which passed 29-2, would reduce the number of categories from five to four in which schools and districts would be graded under...
Texas Senate approves priority House bills to address foster care woes
 The Texas Senate unanimously passed a priority House bill Wednesday that would make several changes to the foster care system, including keeping children at risk of entering foster care with their parents. House Bill 7, filed by Rep. Gene Wu, D-Houston, would, among several other provisions, bar a court from taking children away from parents...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Texas Senate unanimously passed a priority House bill Wednesday that would make several changes to the foster care system, including keeping children at risk of entering foster care with their parents. House Bill 7, filed by Rep. Gene Wu, D-Houston, would, among several other provisions, bar a court from taking children away from parents...
House, Senate disagreement on ‘vouchers’ kills school funding bill
 The prospect of Texas public schools getting any additional money over the next two years is gone. The Texas House on Wednesday took yet another overwhelming vote against so-called school choice, which would redirect state money to help students pay for private school tuition. Senate Education Chairman Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, said the...

Posted: 2 days ago

The prospect of Texas public schools getting any additional money over the next two years is gone. The Texas House on Wednesday took yet another overwhelming vote against so-called school choice, which would redirect state money to help students pay for private school tuition. Senate Education Chairman Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, said the...
Rep. Giddings revives ‘school lunch shaming’ measure in Texas House
 After her measure to end so-called school lunch shaming died at the hands of tea party-aligned Republicans, state Rep. Helen Giddings, D-DeSoto, successfully tacked it onto a separate bill on Wednesday. Giddings’ amendment to Senate Bill 1566, which passed 138-4, would require school boards to adopt a policy allowing a two-week grace...

Posted: 2 days ago

After her measure to end so-called school lunch shaming died at the hands of tea party-aligned Republicans, state Rep. Helen Giddings, D-DeSoto, successfully tacked it onto a separate bill on Wednesday. Giddings’ amendment to Senate Bill 1566, which passed 138-4, would require school boards to adopt a policy allowing a two-week grace...
Rep. Giddings revives ‘school lunch shaming’ measure in Texas House
 After her measure to end so-called school lunch shaming died at the hands of tea party-aligned Republicans, state Rep. Helen Giddings, D-DeSoto, successfully tacked it onto a separate bill on Wednesday. Giddings’ amendment to Senate Bill 1566, which passed 138-4, would require school boards to adopt a policy allowing a two-week grace...

Posted: 3 days ago

After her measure to end so-called school lunch shaming died at the hands of tea party-aligned Republicans, state Rep. Helen Giddings, D-DeSoto, successfully tacked it onto a separate bill on Wednesday. Giddings’ amendment to Senate Bill 1566, which passed 138-4, would require school boards to adopt a policy allowing a two-week grace...
House, Senate disagreement on ‘vouchers’ kills school funding bill
 The prospect of Texas public schools getting any additional money over the next two years is gone. The Texas House on Wednesday took yet another overwhelming vote against so-called school choice, which would redirect state money to help students pay for private school tuition. Senate Education Chairman Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, said the...

Posted: 3 days ago

The prospect of Texas public schools getting any additional money over the next two years is gone. The Texas House on Wednesday took yet another overwhelming vote against so-called school choice, which would redirect state money to help students pay for private school tuition. Senate Education Chairman Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, said the...
Texas House tentatively approves allowing guns in school parking lots
 The Texas House on Tuesday tentatively approved a measure that would allow school employees to store guns in their cars parked on school property. The provision, along with several others related to public schools, was tacked onto Senate Bill 1566, which would make changes to how school boards operate. The gun amendment originally was proposed...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Texas House on Tuesday tentatively approved a measure that would allow school employees to store guns in their cars parked on school property. The provision, along with several others related to public schools, was tacked onto Senate Bill 1566, which would make changes to how school boards operate. The gun amendment originally was proposed...
Texas House tentatively passes Senate bill to address maternal deaths
 The Texas House tentatively approved Tuesday night a Senate bill that would require further study into the state’s high rate of pregnancy-related deaths. Senate Bill 1929, originally filed by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, would require the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force to study disparities in maternal morbidity. The...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Texas House tentatively approved Tuesday night a Senate bill that would require further study into the state’s high rate of pregnancy-related deaths. Senate Bill 1929, originally filed by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, would require the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force to study disparities in maternal morbidity. The...
After her bill died, lawmaker tackles ‘lunch shaming’ outside Capitol
 After tea party-aligned legislators in the Texas House derailed her so-called school lunch shaming bill, Rep. Helen Giddings, D-DeSoto, is circumventing the Texas Legislature to address a problem she has identified in public schools. During a news conference on Tuesday, Giddings announced that her office has partnered with Feeding Texas,...

Posted: 4 days ago

After tea party-aligned legislators in the Texas House derailed her so-called school lunch shaming bill, Rep. Helen Giddings, D-DeSoto, is circumventing the Texas Legislature to address a problem she has identified in public schools. During a news conference on Tuesday, Giddings announced that her office has partnered with Feeding Texas,...
Lawmaker circumvents Texas Legislature to address school lunch shaming
 After tea party-aligned legislators in the Texas House derailed her so-called school lunch shaming bill, Rep. Helen Giddings, D-DeSoto, is circumventing the Texas Legislature to address a problem she has identified in public schools. During a news conference on Tuesday, Giddings announced that her office has partnered with Feeding Texas,...

Posted: 4 days ago

After tea party-aligned legislators in the Texas House derailed her so-called school lunch shaming bill, Rep. Helen Giddings, D-DeSoto, is circumventing the Texas Legislature to address a problem she has identified in public schools. During a news conference on Tuesday, Giddings announced that her office has partnered with Feeding Texas,...
School funding bill fate uncertain because of school choice
 The Texas Senate early Monday approved a bill, 21-10, that would inject about $530 million into the public education system while creating a so-called school choice system that would redirect state money to help special education students pay for private school tuition. The bill, however, faces an uncertain fate — the Senate has made...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Texas Senate early Monday approved a bill, 21-10, that would inject about $530 million into the public education system while creating a so-called school choice system that would redirect state money to help special education students pay for private school tuition. The bill, however, faces an uncertain fate — the Senate has made...
Religious-refusal foster care bill heads to Gov. Abbott’s desk
 A bill that would let faith-based adoption and foster care agencies decline to place children with gay, lesbian and transgender households is headed to Gov. Greg Abbott. The Texas Senate voted 21-10 to approve House Bill 3859 early Monday. All Republicans voted for the bill, along with one Democrat, Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. of Brownsville. &ldquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

A bill that would let faith-based adoption and foster care agencies decline to place children with gay, lesbian and transgender households is headed to Gov. Greg Abbott. The Texas Senate voted 21-10 to approve House Bill 3859 early Monday. All Republicans voted for the bill, along with one Democrat, Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. of Brownsville. &ldquo...
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