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Abbott: Testing requirements should be dropped for Harvey-hit schools
 Gov. Greg Abbott is putting pressure on the Texas Education Agency to give students in school districts affected by Hurricane Harvey a reprieve from state testing requirements. Students in the fifth and eighth grade must pass the math and reading State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness to move on to the next grade. In a letter on...

11:49 PM Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

Gov. Greg Abbott is putting pressure on the Texas Education Agency to give students in school districts affected by Hurricane Harvey a reprieve from state testing requirements. Students in the fifth and eighth grade must pass the math and reading State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness to move on to the next grade. In a letter on...
Abbott urges TEA to give Harvey-hit schools a reprieve from STAAR
 Gov. Greg Abbott is putting pressure on the Texas Education Agency to give students in school districts affected by Hurricane Harvey a reprieve from state testing requirements. Students in the fifth and eighth grade must pass the math and reading State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness to move on to the next grade. In a letter on...

10:14 PM Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

Gov. Greg Abbott is putting pressure on the Texas Education Agency to give students in school districts affected by Hurricane Harvey a reprieve from state testing requirements. Students in the fifth and eighth grade must pass the math and reading State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness to move on to the next grade. In a letter on...
In Austin, Joe Biden talks about loss of son, but not presidential run
 Let’s just get it out of the way: Former Vice President Joe Biden didn’t use his stop in Austin on Friday night to announce a bid for president in 2020. Biden’s remarks, during his second visit to Austin in as many months, were centered on the contents of his memoir “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose...

10:15 PM Saturday, Dec. 09, 2017

Let’s just get it out of the way: Former Vice President Joe Biden didn’t use his stop in Austin on Friday night to announce a bid for president in 2020. Biden’s remarks, during his second visit to Austin in as many months, were centered on the contents of his memoir “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose...
Ted Cruz does what Texas Legislature could not: expand ‘school choice’
 The U.S. Senate this month did what the conservative Texas Legislature couldn’t do earlier this year: pass legislation expanding what proponents call private school choice. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tacked onto the Senate’s version of the tax overhaul bill a provision that would allow parents to use college savings accounts...

9:20 PM Saturday, Dec. 09, 2017

The U.S. Senate this month did what the conservative Texas Legislature couldn’t do earlier this year: pass legislation expanding what proponents call private school choice. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tacked onto the Senate’s version of the tax overhaul bill a provision that would allow parents to use college savings accounts...
Ted Cruz does what Texas Legislature could not: expand ‘school choice’
 The U.S. Senate this month did what the conservative Texas Legislature couldn’t do earlier this year: pass legislation expanding what proponents call private school choice. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tacked on to the Senate’s version of the tax overhaul bill a provision that would allow parents to use college savings accounts...

9:15 PM Saturday, Dec. 09, 2017

The U.S. Senate this month did what the conservative Texas Legislature couldn’t do earlier this year: pass legislation expanding what proponents call private school choice. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tacked on to the Senate’s version of the tax overhaul bill a provision that would allow parents to use college savings accounts...
Nope, Joe Biden’s stop in Austin wasn’t to announce a run for president
 Let’s just get it out of the way: Former Vice President Joe Biden didn’t use his stop in Austin Friday night to announce a bid for president. Biden’s visit, the second to the city in as many months, was centered around the contents of his memoir “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose,” which...

5:37 AM Saturday, Dec. 09, 2017

Let’s just get it out of the way: Former Vice President Joe Biden didn’t use his stop in Austin Friday night to announce a bid for president. Biden’s visit, the second to the city in as many months, was centered around the contents of his memoir “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose,” which...
Texas retired teachers leaving state health program in droves
 About 7,800 retired Texas teachers are abandoning the health insurance program the state has created for them — long one of the top benefits for Texas public school teachers — a troubling development for a health care system that faces a $700 million funding shortfall. The abnormally large wave of requests to leave the health...

12:39 AM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

About 7,800 retired Texas teachers are abandoning the health insurance program the state has created for them — long one of the top benefits for Texas public school teachers — a troubling development for a health care system that faces a $700 million funding shortfall. The abnormally large wave of requests to leave the health...
Unos 400,000 niños se quedarían sin seguro de salud CHIP en Texas
 Unos 400,000 niños y mujeres embarazadas de Texas perderían su seguro de salud si el gobierno federal no renueva los fondos para el Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). El Congreso dejó pasar el plazo del 30 de septiembre para reautorizar los fondos para el programa, conocido como CHIP, lo que ha dejado a...

5:26 PM Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017

Unos 400,000 niños y mujeres embarazadas de Texas perderían su seguro de salud si el gobierno federal no renueva los fondos para el Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). El Congreso dejó pasar el plazo del 30 de septiembre para reautorizar los fondos para el programa, conocido como CHIP, lo que ha dejado a...
Despite improvements, CPS missing mark on timely investigations
 More caseworkers are staying on the job and employee workloads have dropped, but the state’s troubled child protection agency is still missing the mark on seeing children in potential danger in a timely manner. Late last year, the Legislature approved $150 million that gave caseworkers, including child abuse investigators, in Child...

12:57 AM Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017

More caseworkers are staying on the job and employee workloads have dropped, but the state’s troubled child protection agency is still missing the mark on seeing children in potential danger in a timely manner. Late last year, the Legislature approved $150 million that gave caseworkers, including child abuse investigators, in Child...
State lawmakers concerned that Alamo redesign effort not transparent
 State lawmakers on Tuesday chastised Land Commissioner George P. Bush for not doing enough to involve the public in the redevelopment of the Alamo site. “Everybody that’s here today sitting in front of you voted for legislation during the regular session that would have made … what you’re doing illegal,” Sen...

11:30 PM Tuesday, Dec. 05, 2017

State lawmakers on Tuesday chastised Land Commissioner George P. Bush for not doing enough to involve the public in the redevelopment of the Alamo site. “Everybody that’s here today sitting in front of you voted for legislation during the regular session that would have made … what you’re doing illegal,” Sen...
Texas lawmakers to hear how $12,000 caseworker pay raises helped CPS
 The state Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday will hear from state child welfare officials about how a $12,000 salary boost for caseworkers as well as a multimillion-dollar hiring effort has helped the troubled state agency. Late last year, the Texas Legislature approved $150 million that gave caseworkers, including child abuse investigators...

2:39 PM Tuesday, Dec. 05, 2017

The state Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday will hear from state child welfare officials about how a $12,000 salary boost for caseworkers as well as a multimillion-dollar hiring effort has helped the troubled state agency. Late last year, the Texas Legislature approved $150 million that gave caseworkers, including child abuse investigators...
State health building in Central Austin infested by hundreds of rats
 The headquarters of the state’s health agency is overrun with several hundred rats, officials said. The news of the infestation, which has been an issue since late summer, was first reported by the Texas Tribune on Wednesday. Officials with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, which, among other things ensures state-regulated...

7:42 PM Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

The headquarters of the state’s health agency is overrun with several hundred rats, officials said. The news of the infestation, which has been an issue since late summer, was first reported by the Texas Tribune on Wednesday. Officials with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, which, among other things ensures state-regulated...
Refugee Hawa Hassan wants to give son in wheelchair chance to play
 Hawa Hassan struggles as she carries her 9-year-old son Haji Mada to a flight of stairs. Haji has what doctors believe is a rare form of muscular dystrophy, and, without an electric wheelchair, he must crawl on the floor or rely on his mother to move from one place to another inside their small East Austin apartment. “He is going to...

6:15 PM Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

Hawa Hassan struggles as she carries her 9-year-old son Haji Mada to a flight of stairs. Haji has what doctors believe is a rare form of muscular dystrophy, and, without an electric wheelchair, he must crawl on the floor or rely on his mother to move from one place to another inside their small East Austin apartment. “He is going to...
Study: Texas lags behind most states in school funding
 Since 2008, when the Great Recession led to major funding cuts to education across the country, Texas has lagged behind most states in restoring those dollars, according to a new study. Per-student state funding in Texas in 2015, the latest education spending data available from the U.S. Census Bureau, was 16 percent lower than in 2008, when...

11:32 AM Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

Since 2008, when the Great Recession led to major funding cuts to education across the country, Texas has lagged behind most states in restoring those dollars, according to a new study. Per-student state funding in Texas in 2015, the latest education spending data available from the U.S. Census Bureau, was 16 percent lower than in 2008, when...
Study: Texas lags behind most states in school funding
 Since 2008, when the Great Recession led to major funding cuts to education across the country, Texas has lagged behind most states in restoring those dollars, according to a new study. Per-student state funding in Texas in 2015, the latest education spending data available from the U.S. Census Bureau, was 16 percent lower than in 2008, when...

5:01 AM Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

Since 2008, when the Great Recession led to major funding cuts to education across the country, Texas has lagged behind most states in restoring those dollars, according to a new study. Per-student state funding in Texas in 2015, the latest education spending data available from the U.S. Census Bureau, was 16 percent lower than in 2008, when...
Pay raises, hiring initiatives usher in Texas CPS improvements
 More caseworkers are staying on the job and workloads have plummeted almost a year after state officials provided $12,000 pay raises to employees in the Texas child welfare system, which had been plagued by child deaths and delays in visiting children in reported abusive homes. After the raises went into effect in January, the percentage...

8:54 PM Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

More caseworkers are staying on the job and workloads have plummeted almost a year after state officials provided $12,000 pay raises to employees in the Texas child welfare system, which had been plagued by child deaths and delays in visiting children in reported abusive homes. After the raises went into effect in January, the percentage...
Pay raises, hiring initiatives usher in Texas CPS improvements
 More caseworkers are staying on the job and workloads have plummeted almost a year after state officials provided $12,000 pay raises to employees in the Texas child welfare system, which had been plagued by child deaths and delays in visiting children in reported abusive homes. After the raises went into effect in January, the percentage...

3:36 PM Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

More caseworkers are staying on the job and workloads have plummeted almost a year after state officials provided $12,000 pay raises to employees in the Texas child welfare system, which had been plagued by child deaths and delays in visiting children in reported abusive homes. After the raises went into effect in January, the percentage...
Hawa Hassan: Refugee wants better care for son with muscular dystrophy
 A year after leaving a Kenyan refugee camp — the only home she’s ever truly known — Hawa Hassan says life for her and her children in America hasn’t been easy. Hassan’s 9-year-old son, Haji Mada, was taking a few steps at a time while in Kenya, but he has lost the ability to walk. Only after he arrived in Austin...

2:00 PM Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

A year after leaving a Kenyan refugee camp — the only home she’s ever truly known — Hawa Hassan says life for her and her children in America hasn’t been easy. Hassan’s 9-year-old son, Haji Mada, was taking a few steps at a time while in Kenya, but he has lost the ability to walk. Only after he arrived in Austin...
Mom, girls sought by police had fled foster care danger, dad says
 Fear for her daughters’ safety inside a South Austin foster home prompted Sarah Marcella Jordan of Cedar Park to violate a court order last Tuesday when she picked them up after school and drove them to Florida, triggering a multi-state search that ended in her arrest, her husband said. Authorities found Jordan’s daughters safe...

5:13 PM Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017

Fear for her daughters’ safety inside a South Austin foster home prompted Sarah Marcella Jordan of Cedar Park to violate a court order last Tuesday when she picked them up after school and drove them to Florida, triggering a multi-state search that ended in her arrest, her husband said. Authorities found Jordan’s daughters safe...
Mom, girls sought by police had fled foster care danger, dad says
 Fear for her daughters’ safety inside a South Austin foster home prompted Sarah Marcella Jordan of Cedar Park to violate a court order last Tuesday when she picked them up after school and drove them to Florida, triggering a multistate search that ended in her arrest, her husband said. Authorities found Jordan’s daughters safe...

11:13 PM Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017

Fear for her daughters’ safety inside a South Austin foster home prompted Sarah Marcella Jordan of Cedar Park to violate a court order last Tuesday when she picked them up after school and drove them to Florida, triggering a multistate search that ended in her arrest, her husband said. Authorities found Jordan’s daughters safe...
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