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Photos from the Save Texas Schools Rally

Photos from the Save Texas Schools Rally at the State Capitol, a demonstration for more funding and less testing in Texas’ public schools.

Elizabeth Black’s The Drowning House Is a Book Gasping For Breath

Black heaps far more gravitas on her characters than they can support; the mysteries fizzle undramatically; and narrator Clare is despicable.

Higher Ed Leaders Want Financial Aid Priority for Community College Transfers

The Texas Association of Community Colleges and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board want community college transfer students to go to the front of the line for Texas’ scholarship program.

Hot List: Day 49 of the Legislature

Now the pressure’s on Perry who continues to withhold support for the federally-backed expansion.

Parents, Teachers, Students Rally for More School Funding and Less Testing

Parents, teachers, students and advocates from all over Texas urged lawmakers to limit standardized testing and increase public school funding Saturday.

Texans March for Immigration Reform in Austin

A steady throng of demonstrators marched down Congress Ave. to the Capitol Friday morning, carrying huge colorful banners and signs with messages like “I was born in the USA – Don’t take my mommy and daddy away!” and “End detentions now!” The demonstrators came from all over the state and represented about 30 organizations calling for “fair and just immigration reform that provides dignity and rights for all.”

DPS Ends Controversial Helicopter Sniper Policy, Now What About the Gun Boats?

Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw announced Thursday that DPS officers would no longer shoot from helicopters to disable vehicles, “unless we’re […]

Texas is a Big Reason Why We Still Need the Voting Rights Act

While the days of overt discrimination may be mostly behind us, institutional racism still exists. Hispanic and black Texans understand this better than most.

House Makes Good on its IOUs with HB 10

The Texas House passed HB 10 Thursday, which injects $4.5 billion into the budget for Texas’ Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs

Some Lawmakers Hope to Salvage Dwindling Legal Aid Funding

We’re in the midst of a funding crisis for legal aid, according to the Texas Access to Justice Foundation. Last session the Legislature gave $17.5 million to civil legal aid, less than it spent in 2009. This session’s House and Senate budget proposals would each shrink that even further, to $13 million.