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Students School Senators on Failings of Texas’ Testing Regime

Today’s hearing on standardized test reform drew an unusually large contingent of students to the Senate Education Committee. Several were particularly glad to be there because Tuesday was a benchmark testing day at their school.

Advocates Worry Latino Voices are Being Sidelined in Texas School Reform Debate

The new Latino Coalition for Educational Equality laid out its public ed priorities Tuesday, including more money and support for English language learners.

Everyone Supports the State Water Plan, So Now What?

Support for funding the $53 billion water plan appeared to be unanimous. Everyone pledged fealty to water conservation. The question now, as Sen. Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay) suggested this morning, is *how* the financing is structured. Will the consensus hold, or will interests fracture along regional and economic lines?

Texas Survey Finds Overwhelming Support for Birth Control Access, Opposition to Family Planning Cuts

Are Texas Republicans wildly out of step with most of their constituents when it comes to family planning, birth control and sex ed?

State Government Hoarding, Not Spending Clean-Air Money

Budget-writers at the Capitol leave the vast majority of the money unspent in special accounts while the underfunded air quality programs languish.

A Case For the Beauty of Mourners

Born and raised in South San Antonio, Laurie Ann Guerrero is the author of A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying (Notre Dame, 2013). She teaches at San Antonio’s University of the Incarnate Word and the MFA program at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Hot List: Day 43 of the Legislature

The Lead: Education will be the big topic today at the Capitol. The Senate Education Committee this morning is slated to debate SB 3, […]