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Citizenship question in census will hurt Texas, Democrats say
 The Trump administration’s decision to include a question about citizenship in the 2020 census will cause an undercounting of Texas’ population that could affect the amount of money the state receives as well as its representation in Congress, Democrats said Tuesday. “Texas is one of the most diverse states in the nation...

Posted: 22 days ago

The Trump administration’s decision to include a question about citizenship in the 2020 census will cause an undercounting of Texas’ population that could affect the amount of money the state receives as well as its representation in Congress, Democrats said Tuesday. “Texas is one of the most diverse states in the nation...
Citizenship question in census will hurt Texas, Democrats say
 The Trump administration’s decision to include a question about citizenship in the 2020 census will cause an undercounting of Texas’ population that could affect the amount of money the state receives as well as its representation in Congress, Democrats said Tuesday. “Texas is one of the most diverse states in the nation...

Posted: 22 days ago

The Trump administration’s decision to include a question about citizenship in the 2020 census will cause an undercounting of Texas’ population that could affect the amount of money the state receives as well as its representation in Congress, Democrats said Tuesday. “Texas is one of the most diverse states in the nation...
Report: Suspensions of youngest Texas students still a problem
 State officials and school districts need to do more to drive down disciplinary action taken against Texas’ youngest public school students, according to a report released Monday by a child advocacy group. The Legislature last year passed House Bill 674, which prohibits out-of-school suspensions of prekindergarten through second-grade...

Posted: 24 days ago

State officials and school districts need to do more to drive down disciplinary action taken against Texas’ youngest public school students, according to a report released Monday by a child advocacy group. The Legislature last year passed House Bill 674, which prohibits out-of-school suspensions of prekindergarten through second-grade...
Texas official slammed for calling special ed students ‘slow learners’
 Special education advocates are denouncing the chair of the state’s public school finance commission for calling special education students slow learners and questioning whether it’s worth spending public money educating such students. Scott Brister, chairman of the Texas Commission on Public School Finance, said his comments...

Posted: 27 days ago

Special education advocates are denouncing the chair of the state’s public school finance commission for calling special education students slow learners and questioning whether it’s worth spending public money educating such students. Scott Brister, chairman of the Texas Commission on Public School Finance, said his comments...
State chair responds after calling special ed students ‘slow learners’
 Special education advocates are denouncing the chair of the state’s public school finance commission for calling special education students slow learners and what they say was his questioning whether such students are worth educating. Chairman of the Texas Commimssion on Public School Finance Scott Brister said his comments were taken...

Posted: 28 days ago

Special education advocates are denouncing the chair of the state’s public school finance commission for calling special education students slow learners and what they say was his questioning whether such students are worth educating. Chairman of the Texas Commimssion on Public School Finance Scott Brister said his comments were taken...
3 WEEKS OF TERROR: How 7 Austin bombing incidents unfolded
 Here is what we know about the seven bombings in 20 days that terrorized Austin, killed two innocent people as well as the alleged bomber, and injured at least six other people: 1. Northeast Austin, March 2 What happened: Dispatchers started receiving calls at 6:55 a.m. on March 2 about an explosion in Northeast Austin. Medics arrived at...

Posted: 28 days ago

Here is what we know about the seven bombings in 20 days that terrorized Austin, killed two innocent people as well as the alleged bomber, and injured at least six other people: 1. Northeast Austin, March 2 What happened: Dispatchers started receiving calls at 6:55 a.m. on March 2 about an explosion in Northeast Austin. Medics arrived at...
Hegar: Texas’ credit rating at risk if liabilities aren’t lowered
 Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar pitched a plan Tuesday to restructure the state’s rainy day fund, which Republican lawmakers in the past have been loath to touch in recent years. At $11 billion, the economic stabilization fund, the formal name for the rainy day fund, is the largest state savings account of its kind in the country, funded...

Posted: 29 days ago

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar pitched a plan Tuesday to restructure the state’s rainy day fund, which Republican lawmakers in the past have been loath to touch in recent years. At $11 billion, the economic stabilization fund, the formal name for the rainy day fund, is the largest state savings account of its kind in the country, funded...
Hegar: State’s credit rating at risk if rainy day fund isn’t addressed
 Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar pitched to lawmakers again on Tuesday a plan to restructure the state’s rainy day fund, a move that is sure to cause heartburn among fiscal conservatives who are hesitant to touch the fund unless it’s necessary. The economic stabilization fund, the formal name for the rainy day fund, is the largest...

Posted: 29 days ago

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar pitched to lawmakers again on Tuesday a plan to restructure the state’s rainy day fund, a move that is sure to cause heartburn among fiscal conservatives who are hesitant to touch the fund unless it’s necessary. The economic stabilization fund, the formal name for the rainy day fund, is the largest...
What has happened in the 4 Austin bombings so far
 Here is what we know about the four bombings in 17 days that have terrorized Austin, claimed two lives and injured four other people: 1. Northeast Austin, March 2 What happened: Dispatchers started receiving calls at 6:55 a.m. on March 2 about an explosion in Northeast Austin. Medics arrived at a house in the 1100 block of Haverford Drive...

Posted: 30 days ago

Here is what we know about the four bombings in 17 days that have terrorized Austin, claimed two lives and injured four other people: 1. Northeast Austin, March 2 What happened: Dispatchers started receiving calls at 6:55 a.m. on March 2 about an explosion in Northeast Austin. Medics arrived at a house in the 1100 block of Haverford Drive...
Survey: Most Texans want the state to boost its school funding share
 Most Texans support increasing funding for the state’s public schools, according to results of a survey released by the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium on Monday. The survey was based on the responses of about 500 registered voters that showed that 71 percent favored increasing the state‘s share of education funding...

Posted: 30 days ago

Most Texans support increasing funding for the state’s public schools, according to results of a survey released by the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium on Monday. The survey was based on the responses of about 500 registered voters that showed that 71 percent favored increasing the state‘s share of education funding...
Paxton: Elgin, Galena Park schools illegally endorsed politician
 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sent two more cease-and-desist letters to school districts — Elgin and Galena Park — on Friday, saying officials at those districts had used school resources illegally to advocate for the election of Scott Milder, who ran against Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in the March 6 Republican primary. Last month...

9:16 PM Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sent two more cease-and-desist letters to school districts — Elgin and Galena Park — on Friday, saying officials at those districts had used school resources illegally to advocate for the election of Scott Milder, who ran against Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in the March 6 Republican primary. Last month...
School finance commission to seek public input at Monday meeting
 Members of the public will have a chance Monday to weigh in on how the Legislature should fix the way the state funds public schools. Scott Brister, head of the Texas Commission on Public School Finance, which is tasked with providing recommendations to lawmakers by year’s end, said that no other opportunities have been set to allow...

5:25 PM Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

Members of the public will have a chance Monday to weigh in on how the Legislature should fix the way the state funds public schools. Scott Brister, head of the Texas Commission on Public School Finance, which is tasked with providing recommendations to lawmakers by year’s end, said that no other opportunities have been set to allow...
Paxton: Elgin, Galena Park schools illegally endorsed Scott Milder
 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sent two more cease and desist letters to school districts — Elgin and Galena Park — on Friday, saying officials at those districts had used school resources illegally to advocate for the election of Scott Milder, who ran against Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in the March 6 Republican primary. Last month...

3:00 PM Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sent two more cease and desist letters to school districts — Elgin and Galena Park — on Friday, saying officials at those districts had used school resources illegally to advocate for the election of Scott Milder, who ran against Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in the March 6 Republican primary. Last month...
Battle over private school choice playing out at Texas polls
 The battle over whether public money should be spent on private school tuition played out at polls across the state this month and will continue in runoff contests on May 22. Public school teachers, who launched a noteworthy get-out-the-vote campaign, and supporters of so-called private school choice ended the March 6 Texas House primaries...

8:23 PM Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018

The battle over whether public money should be spent on private school tuition played out at polls across the state this month and will continue in runoff contests on May 22. Public school teachers, who launched a noteworthy get-out-the-vote campaign, and supporters of so-called private school choice ended the March 6 Texas House primaries...
Battle over private school choice playing out at Texas polls
 The battle over whether public money should be spent on private school tuition played out at polls across the state this month and will continue in runoff contests on May 22. Public school teachers, who launched a noteworthy get-out-the-vote campaign, and supporters of so-called private school choice ended the March 6 Texas House primaries...

8:16 PM Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018

The battle over whether public money should be spent on private school tuition played out at polls across the state this month and will continue in runoff contests on May 22. Public school teachers, who launched a noteworthy get-out-the-vote campaign, and supporters of so-called private school choice ended the March 6 Texas House primaries...
Funcionarios de Texas rechazan la idea de armar a maestros
 Los maestros y los funcionarios de distritos escolares de Texas están rechazando la idea del presidente Donald Trump de armar a más educadores, aun cuando la ley estatal ya permite que ciertos maestros porten armas en las aulas. “Como superintendente, no creo que la mayoría de los maestros reciban bien la idea de...

5:59 PM Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2018

Los maestros y los funcionarios de distritos escolares de Texas están rechazando la idea del presidente Donald Trump de armar a más educadores, aun cuando la ley estatal ya permite que ciertos maestros porten armas en las aulas. “Como superintendente, no creo que la mayoría de los maestros reciban bien la idea de...
HD 46 primary headed for run-off without 12-term Rep. Dawnna Dukes

2:48 AM Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2018

With a congested field lining up to unseat embattled State Rep. Dawnna Dukes, the House District 46 Democratic Primary has wittled from six candidates to a two-person runoff. And Dukes, the 12-term lawmaker who has represented the district since 1994, won’t be one of those two people. Undone by an invisible campaign, miniscule fundraising...
School trustee Ken Strange wins GOP nod in Texas House District 45
 Wimberley school board member Ken Strange on Tuesday won the Republican primary in House District 45, which encompasses Hays and Blanco counties. Strange captured 54.7 percent of the votes. Business owner Amber Pearce was second with 24.4 percent of the votes, followed by citizen activist Naomi Narvaiz (9.2 percent), Austin Talley (6.8 percent)...

2:14 AM Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2018

Wimberley school board member Ken Strange on Tuesday won the Republican primary in House District 45, which encompasses Hays and Blanco counties. Strange captured 54.7 percent of the votes. Business owner Amber Pearce was second with 24.4 percent of the votes, followed by citizen activist Naomi Narvaiz (9.2 percent), Austin Talley (6.8 percent)...
Paul Workman secures GOP nomination in Travis County Texas House race
 State Rep. Paul Workman on Tuesday secured the Republican nomination in state House District 47 which encompasses western Travis County. Workman, who was elected to the Legislature in 2011, won 59.5 percent of the vote, ahead of business owner Jay Wiley who had 31.2 percent and Patty Vredevelt, a retired nurse, who had 9.3 percent. Although...

1:28 AM Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2018

State Rep. Paul Workman on Tuesday secured the Republican nomination in state House District 47 which encompasses western Travis County. Workman, who was elected to the Legislature in 2011, won 59.5 percent of the vote, ahead of business owner Jay Wiley who had 31.2 percent and Patty Vredevelt, a retired nurse, who had 9.3 percent. Although...
Cynthia Flores wins GOP nomination in Williamson Co. Texas House race
 Social services case manager Cynthia Flores, who had the backing of Gov. Greg Abbott, easily secured the Republican nomination in state House District 52 in Williamson County on Tuesday. Flores will face Democrat James Talarico, head of an education nonprofit, in the November general election. Flores had 60.8 percent of the votes, besting...

1:06 AM Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2018

Social services case manager Cynthia Flores, who had the backing of Gov. Greg Abbott, easily secured the Republican nomination in state House District 52 in Williamson County on Tuesday. Flores will face Democrat James Talarico, head of an education nonprofit, in the November general election. Flores had 60.8 percent of the votes, besting...
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