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House Members Hear Support for Charter School Expansion

The Senate’s plan for charter school expansion went before members of the House, which has been a graveyard for similar plans in recent years.

Senate Makes It Rain (Drizzle, at Least) for Public Education

The Texas Senate proposal to spend $5.7 billion out of the Rainy Day Fund on roads ($2.9 billion), water infrastructure ($2 billion) and schools ($800 million) was unanimous: 31-0.

Dan Patrick On Parade: Life in the New Senate Education Committee

Dan Patrick’s reign over the Senate Education Committee has been a fascinating mix of empathy and cruelty, peaceful agreement and hostile shouting matches. In some ways, not much has changed since his days as a hot-tempered outsider.

Texas Senate OKs ‘Hotter’ Waste for West Texas

Harold Simmons’ West Texas radioactive waste empire got a boost today after the Texas Senate passed legislation allowing Waste Control Specialists to accept “hotter” radioactive waste at its dump. The final vote was 24-7. Waste Control, a Simmons-controlled company, operates a growing radioactive waste dump green-lighted by the Legislature in 2003.

Hot List: Day 106 of the Legislature

The Lead: There aren’t many consumer victories at the Texas Capitol, but Monday’s debate on payday loan reform was certainly one of them. After […]