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Friday, October 19th, 2012

Texas High Court rejects challenge to franchise tax

The Supreme Court of Texas on Friday struck down a challenge by Nestle Inc. and two other businesses targeting the state’s franchise tax.

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Election 2012 Video: Texas State Rep Dist 45 (Jason Isaac vs. John Adams)

State Rep. Jason Isaac, a Dripping Springs Republican, sought to fashion a weapon out of challenger John Adam's signature issue, public school funding.

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Texas schools cope as classes expand, staffs shrink

Texas Education Agency data for the 2011-12 school year show that the number of elementary classes exceeding the 22-student cap has soared to 8,479 from 2,238 last school year.

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Trauth: Texas State faring well despite economy

Texas State University is showing signs of progress in spite of difficult economic times, University President Denise Trauth said Tuesday.

Monday, May 16th, 2011

What if Texas doesn’t pass a school finance bill?

Nobody wanted to think about it in January. But as the middle of May approaches, with little more than two weeks left in the 82nd legislative session, a growing chorus of voices is asking: What happens if...

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Doggett Amendment on federal education money repealed

In a victory for Gov. Rick Perry, the most recent Congressional budgetary stopgap — passed Friday night to avoid closing the federal government — contains language that repeals the "Save Our Schools" amendment from U.S. Rep. Lloyd...

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Hays educators rally against proposed cuts

About 200 Hays County teacher’s union members and their supporters rallied on Saturday against forthcoming deep cuts to public school funding, calling the budget reductions unconscionable in one of the nation’s wealthiest states.

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Thousands protest education cuts at Texas Capitol

Parents, educators and students from across the state marched to the Capitol Saturday for the Save Texas Schools rally to express their concern over what could amount to a $10 billion reduction in state funding for schools.