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Monday, February 18th, 2013

Audio: Battle looms as Democrats try to restore education cuts

The Texas Legislature cut more than $5 billion from public education in 2011 to help balance the state budget. Then, last month, lawmakers were told previous revenue estimates were wrong — and that they had more than $8 billion left to spend on that budget.

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

San Marcos CISD trustees consider $80M bond election

An appointed advisory committee has recommended that trustees ask San Marcos CISD voters in a May election to approve the sale of $80 million in bonds to pay for new, expanded and renovated facilities.

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Q&A Michael Williams on guns in schools

In an Texas Tribune event this week, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams says he supports school districts’ right to authorize licensed concealed handguns on primary and secondary campuses.

Monday, December 31st, 2012

To beef up school security, lawmakers turn to firearms

While the federal government and other states ponder more rigorous gun control laws following the shootings at a Connecticut elementary school, some legislators in Texas have taken the opposite approach. They have emphasized the need to make...

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Death camp survivor speaks to Miller students

Miller Middle School eighth grade students were given a chance to witness history on November 29 when Holocaust survivor Rose Williams spoke to the students about the Nazi regime and her imprisonment at the notorious death camp...

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Audio: Teacher retirement system looks to cut costs

Texas lawmakers are once again heading into a legislative session facing concerns over the fiscal health of the state’s major pension systems, and changes to retirees’ health insurance may play a role.

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

PAC: High school football imperiled by vouchers

As they prepare for a battle over school vouchers during the next legislative session, a liberal advocacy group is calling attention to a program that few thought was under immediate threat in Texas: High school football.

Monday, July 9th, 2012

No rush to adopt national science standards in Texas

New nationally developed common science standards may be on the horizon, but it is not likely that they will make their way into Texas classrooms soon.

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Educators: Discard STAAR ’15 percent rule’

Parents, superintendents and students confronted lawmakers Tuesday over issues in the rollout of the state’s new standardized testing regime at a hearing of the House Public Education Committee.

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Mendez students visit dinosaur tracks

Mendez Elementary students recently toured fossilized dinosaur tracks in Comal County as part of their ongoing study of the prehistoric reptiles.

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