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Dan Patrick Packages Charter School Wish List Into Bill

Dan Patrick’s charter school bill reads like a wish list for school choice fans: facilities funding for charter schools, an end to the cap on state-approved charters, and a dedicated board to grant charters.

Emotional Tribute to Bill Powers Includes Allegations of ‘Character Assassination’

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst insinuated that Powers has been the victim of character assassination in a tribute to UT President Bill Powers this afternoon

Who Owns Your Local Paper?

Is increasing consolidation improving or diluting the quality of local coverage?

New and Noteworthy Books: February

The Observer’s periodic round-up of recent and forthcoming books by Texas authors, on Texas presses, or about Texas topics.

Hot List: Day 42 of the Legislature

The Lead: After a three-day weekend the Senate will reconvene at 2 p.m., and the House, which had to stick around longer last week, […]