Testing the Limits: A Texas Mother’s Radical Revolt Against Standardized Tests

Edy Chamness and the Facebook group she started last year, occupy the radical fringe in a broad revolt against Texas’ testing regimen.

Hot List: Day 45 of the Legislature

The Lead: The supplemental Medicaid appropriations bill—to pay for six months of Medicaid costs lawmakers left out of the budget in 2011—is up for […]

Lawmakers Consider New South Texas University in Emotional Hearing

Lawmakers held an emotional first hearing Wednesday on a proposal to merge the University of Texas-Pan American and UT-Brownsville into a new mega-university for South Texas.

Faith Leaders Rally for Bipartisan Support of Medicaid Expansion

Legislators in support of an expansion joined faith leaders on the Capitol steps to call for support of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. Despite calls for bipartisanship, the rally was largely a Democratic affair.

Eye On Texas: Mediscapes

Carling Hale explores her relationship with medication through photos.

Conservative Groups Push Immigration Reform with ‘Texas Compact’

A group of conservative religious and business leaders, pushing a set of immigration goals they call the Texas Compact, want to ensure Texas has a role in new immigration laws by lobbying Texas’ federal legislators to get behind reform.

Hot List: Day 44 of the Legislature

The Lead: Women’s health and the cuts to family planning were back in the news yesterday. The Texas Freedom Network released survey findings yesterday, […]

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?