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Some Austin-area schools get failing scores under new grading system
 Multiple campuses in a handful of Austin-area school districts failed to meet Texas academic standards under the state’s new letter grade accountability system. Under the new statewide system, districts on Wednesday received A-through-F letter grades and campuses were labeled “met requirement” or “improvement required...

Posted: 17 hours ago

Multiple campuses in a handful of Austin-area school districts failed to meet Texas academic standards under the state’s new letter grade accountability system. Under the new statewide system, districts on Wednesday received A-through-F letter grades and campuses were labeled “met requirement” or “improvement required...
Austin schools can receive aid for enrolling Harvey-affected students
 Several Central Texas school districts are eligible to receive some Hurricane Harvey relief money made available by the federal government on Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Education has made $174 million available to Texas school districts that enrolled students who were displaced by the storm. The Austin, Round Rock, Leander, Pflugerville...

Posted: a day ago

Several Central Texas school districts are eligible to receive some Hurricane Harvey relief money made available by the federal government on Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Education has made $174 million available to Texas school districts that enrolled students who were displaced by the storm. The Austin, Round Rock, Leander, Pflugerville...
School ratings under new Texas system to be released Wednesday
 Texas school districts will receive letter grades this week under a new statewide rating system unpopular among public school officials. On Wednesday, the Texas Education Agency will label school districts with an A, B, C, D or F and campuses with a rating of “met requirement” or “improvement required,” based on performance...

Posted: 4 days ago

Texas school districts will receive letter grades this week under a new statewide rating system unpopular among public school officials. On Wednesday, the Texas Education Agency will label school districts with an A, B, C, D or F and campuses with a rating of “met requirement” or “improvement required,” based on performance...
School ratings under new Texas system to be released next week
 Texas school districts next week will learn what letter grade they have received under a new statewide rating system, unpopular among public school officials. On Aug. 15, the Texas Education Agency will release whether school districts earned an A, B, C, D or F and whether campuses earned a rating of ‘met standard’ or ‘improvement...

Posted: 8 days ago

Texas school districts next week will learn what letter grade they have received under a new statewide rating system, unpopular among public school officials. On Aug. 15, the Texas Education Agency will release whether school districts earned an A, B, C, D or F and whether campuses earned a rating of ‘met standard’ or ‘improvement...
Retired Texas teachers face giant hurdle to pension boost
 To give retired teachers a chance at a pension bump — something that hasn’t happened in more than a decade for some — the Legislature will have to approve at least an additional $786 million in funding annually, according to new data from the Teacher Retirement System of Texas. Teachers say the new figure points to the need...

Posted: 15 days ago

To give retired teachers a chance at a pension bump — something that hasn’t happened in more than a decade for some — the Legislature will have to approve at least an additional $786 million in funding annually, according to new data from the Teacher Retirement System of Texas. Teachers say the new figure points to the need...
Texans give Congress low marks on handling of health care, poll says
 Most Texans disapprove of how Congress and the federal government are handling the country’s health care issues despite supporting the Medicaid and Medicare programs, according to a poll by the Texas Lyceum released Tuesday. Of the 1,178 adult Texans polled, 71 percent said they had little or no trust in the federal government to do...

Posted: 15 days ago

Most Texans disapprove of how Congress and the federal government are handling the country’s health care issues despite supporting the Medicaid and Medicare programs, according to a poll by the Texas Lyceum released Tuesday. Of the 1,178 adult Texans polled, 71 percent said they had little or no trust in the federal government to do...
Poll: Most Texans dislike how Congress, the feds handle health care
 Most Texans disapprove of how Congress and the federal government are handling the country’s health care issues despite supporting the Medicaid and Medicare programs, according to a poll by the Texas Lyceum released Tuesday. Of the 1,178 adult Texans polled, 71 percent said they had little or no trust in the federal government to do...

Posted: 15 days ago

Most Texans disapprove of how Congress and the federal government are handling the country’s health care issues despite supporting the Medicaid and Medicare programs, according to a poll by the Texas Lyceum released Tuesday. Of the 1,178 adult Texans polled, 71 percent said they had little or no trust in the federal government to do...
Care tenuous for Texas children on Medicaid managed care plans
 At least four Austin-area pediatric specialists in recent months notified their patients they would stop serving children with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Medicaid plans after complaints that the company had failed to pay the providers for certain services. The troubles underscore the challenges Texas families covered by Medicaid...

Posted: 17 days ago

At least four Austin-area pediatric specialists in recent months notified their patients they would stop serving children with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Medicaid plans after complaints that the company had failed to pay the providers for certain services. The troubles underscore the challenges Texas families covered by Medicaid...
Care tenuous for Texas children on Medicaid managed care plans
 At least four Austin-area pediatric specialists in recent months notified their patients they would stop serving children with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Medicaid plans after complaints that the company had failed to pay the providers for certain services. One practice, Central Texas Pediatric Orthopedics, the only specialist of...

Posted: 18 days ago

At least four Austin-area pediatric specialists in recent months notified their patients they would stop serving children with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Medicaid plans after complaints that the company had failed to pay the providers for certain services. One practice, Central Texas Pediatric Orthopedics, the only specialist of...
Ahead of Thursday deadline, some migrant families wait to be reunified
 A day before Thursday’s court-ordered deadline to reunite hundreds of migrant parents with their children, Texas attorneys representing some of the families reported harried reunifications, the deportation of adults without their children and a lack of information from the federal government on pending cases. Lawyers for the federal...

Posted: 21 days ago

A day before Thursday’s court-ordered deadline to reunite hundreds of migrant parents with their children, Texas attorneys representing some of the families reported harried reunifications, the deportation of adults without their children and a lack of information from the federal government on pending cases. Lawyers for the federal...
Texas lawmakers seek better state services for migrant children
 With the federal government unlikely to meet a Thursday deadline to reunite migrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, Texas lawmakers called on state governmental agencies to better serve migrant children detained in shelters statewide. The Mexican American Legislative Caucus, comprising mostly Democrats, on Tuesday released a...

Posted: 22 days ago

With the federal government unlikely to meet a Thursday deadline to reunite migrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, Texas lawmakers called on state governmental agencies to better serve migrant children detained in shelters statewide. The Mexican American Legislative Caucus, comprising mostly Democrats, on Tuesday released a...
Lawmakers: Texas must help detained migrant children
 With the federal government unlikely to meet a Thursday deadline to reunite migrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, Texas lawmakers called on state governmental agencies to better serve migrant children detained in shelters statewide. The Mexican American Legislative Caucus, comprising mostly Democrats, on Tuesday released...

Posted: 22 days ago

With the federal government unlikely to meet a Thursday deadline to reunite migrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, Texas lawmakers called on state governmental agencies to better serve migrant children detained in shelters statewide. The Mexican American Legislative Caucus, comprising mostly Democrats, on Tuesday released...
Siete candidatos demócratas han recaudado más que sus contrincantes
 Siete candidatos demócratas texanos al Congreso han recaudado más fondos en el segundo trimestre del año que los republicanos en distritos que actualmente representan. Cuatro demócratas han acumulado más de $1 millón, según los reportes de finanzas de campaña que fueron presentados el...

Posted: 26 days ago

Siete candidatos demócratas texanos al Congreso han recaudado más fondos en el segundo trimestre del año que los republicanos en distritos que actualmente representan. Cuatro demócratas han acumulado más de $1 millón, según los reportes de finanzas de campaña que fueron presentados el...
Hundreds of Texas foster care children denied Medicaid services
 A private company that the state has tasked with providing Medicaid coverage to Texas foster children has repeatedly denied requests for critical care, many for children with disabilities. Between June 7 and July 13, Superior HealthPlan denied medical services to foster children 394 times, according to data the Texas Department of Family...

Posted: 26 days ago

A private company that the state has tasked with providing Medicaid coverage to Texas foster children has repeatedly denied requests for critical care, many for children with disabilities. Between June 7 and July 13, Superior HealthPlan denied medical services to foster children 394 times, according to data the Texas Department of Family...
Hundreds of Texas foster care children denied Medicaid services
 A private company that the state has tasked with providing Medicaid coverage to Texas foster children has repeatedly denied requests for critical care, many for children with disabilities. Between June 7 and July 13, Superior HealthPlan denied medical services to foster children 394 times, according to data the Texas Department of Family...

Posted: 26 days ago

A private company that the state has tasked with providing Medicaid coverage to Texas foster children has repeatedly denied requests for critical care, many for children with disabilities. Between June 7 and July 13, Superior HealthPlan denied medical services to foster children 394 times, according to data the Texas Department of Family...
Democrats outraise Republicans in seven GOP-held U.S. House districts
 Seven Texas Democratic congressional candidates outraised their rivals in Republican-held districts in the second quarter of the year, including four Democrats who amassed more than $1 million, according to campaign finance reports filed over the weekend, with most becoming available Monday. “I don’t think that’s happened...

Posted: 30 days ago

Seven Texas Democratic congressional candidates outraised their rivals in Republican-held districts in the second quarter of the year, including four Democrats who amassed more than $1 million, according to campaign finance reports filed over the weekend, with most becoming available Monday. “I don’t think that’s happened...
Democrats outraise Republicans in seven GOP-held U.S. House districts
 Seven Texas Democratic congressional candidates outraised their rivals in Republican-held districts in the second quarter of the year, including four Democrats who amassed more than $1 million, according to campaign finance reports filed over the weekend, with most becoming available Monday. “I don’t think that’s happened...

Posted: 30 days ago

Seven Texas Democratic congressional candidates outraised their rivals in Republican-held districts in the second quarter of the year, including four Democrats who amassed more than $1 million, according to campaign finance reports filed over the weekend, with most becoming available Monday. “I don’t think that’s happened...
Central Texas suspensions of young students raise concerns
 A year after Texas lawmakers prohibited schools from suspending most young students, some Central Texas districts are still using the practice, including one that reported a surprisingly high 571 suspensions in the 2017-18 school year. Starting last fall, school officials could no longer suspend students in prekindergarten through second...

5:00 AM Sunday, Jul. 08, 2018

A year after Texas lawmakers prohibited schools from suspending most young students, some Central Texas districts are still using the practice, including one that reported a surprisingly high 571 suspensions in the 2017-18 school year. Starting last fall, school officials could no longer suspend students in prekindergarten through second...
Texas lawmakers weigh bolstering school security, mental health
 State lawmakers weighed ideas to bolster security in Texas schools and improve student mental health services during a series of legislative hearings Thursday. Proposals to expand the state’s school marshal program — school personnel authorized to keep a gun in a safe on school premises — and to hire veterans and retired...

11:01 PM Thursday, Jun. 28, 2018

State lawmakers weighed ideas to bolster security in Texas schools and improve student mental health services during a series of legislative hearings Thursday. Proposals to expand the state’s school marshal program — school personnel authorized to keep a gun in a safe on school premises — and to hire veterans and retired...
Texas House focuses school safety conversation on mental health
 More mental health professionals, partnerships among community organizations and expansion of telemedicine would improve mental health services among Texas students, educators and experts told House lawmakers Thursday. In the wake of the Santa Fe High School shooting that killed 10 on May 18, state lawmakers have repeatedly heard the call...

7:41 PM Thursday, Jun. 28, 2018

More mental health professionals, partnerships among community organizations and expansion of telemedicine would improve mental health services among Texas students, educators and experts told House lawmakers Thursday. In the wake of the Santa Fe High School shooting that killed 10 on May 18, state lawmakers have repeatedly heard the call...
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