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Mary Margaret Farabee’s Legacy

All of us at The Texas Observer were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our friend, supporter and benefactor Mary Margaret Farabee […]

Patrick, Higher Ed Leaders Disagree on Cost of New Graduation Plan

Higher ed leaders estimate Dan Patrick’s new high school graduation plan could send 2,500 more students to college unprepared. Patrick disagrees, saying the standards he’s setting are more rigorous, not less.

A Permanent Solution for the Ailing Texas Parks System?

Those who enjoy the natural benefits of Texas state parks (which is to say, most self-respecting Texans) had ample reason to pay close attention today as a House committee discussed a way to fund the chronically-underfunded Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Direct Quote: Fishing For a Living On the Texas Coast

Mauricio Blanco has made a life on the Texas coast as an oysterman, though drought and pollution make it harder to earn a living every year.

Hot List: Day 56 of the Legislature

Senate Finance committee chair Senator Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands) said they’re shooting to get the bill out of committee by next Wednesday.