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Is STAAR too hard on young readers? The standardized test is in lawmakers' crosshairs again.

Texas' unpopular statewide standardized test is once again caught in legislative crosshairs, this time after a controversial Texas Monthly article questioned whether the test was evaluating …

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Texas Senate panel advances bill banning cities from adopting sick leave ordinances

The Texas Senate State Affairs Committee last week advanced the first bill that’s not dubbed an emergency item by Gov. Greg Abbott: one that prevents cities from requiring paid sick leave for their …

Will Texas' attempt to shake up school finance lead to higher stakes for standardized tests?

Top Texas lawmakers this year are proposing allocating billions of more dollars for public schools, but a portion of those dollars will likely have strings attached. And some education advocates …

Bucy files legislation to expand Medicaid in Texas

Newly-elected State Representative John Bucy filed his first legislation since being sworn in to office, proposing bills that would expand Medicaid in the state. H.B. 840 and H.J.R. 46 were both …

Texas House proposes massive increase for public school funding

As Texas’ Republican leadership calls for property tax cuts and a school finance overhaul, the Texas House on Monday pitched a bold proposal: Pump roughly $7 billion more state funds into public …

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Congress could block big chunk of Trump's emergency wall money

WASHINGTON — More than one-third of the money President Donald Trump wants to redirect from other federal programs to build a border barrier is likely to be unavailable from the sources he has …

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