State Board of Education member Thomas Ratliff has emerged as CSCOPE’s most outspoken defender at the state level—one of the very few elected officials willing to wade into tea party waters and pick a fight.
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Just in time for the lieutenant governor’s race, politicians are blustering over a fresh wave of CSCOPE outrage: the much-maligned lessons may now be free for any teacher to use.
Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst is facing three Republican challengers, three conservative white men each with his own brand of whacky.
Lost in the dramatic events of Friday’s showdown over the anti-abortion bill was a remarkable speech by Sen. Dan Patrick, a full-throated declaration of God’s wishes for the Texas Legislature.
At the Capitol this morning, Sen. Dan Patrick made a surprise announcement: “The era of CSCOPE lesson plans has come to an end.”
Each of the last two sessions, House members shot down the Senate’s proposals for raising Texas’ cap on charter schools—but a vote this afternoon put an end to the curse, as the House approved Senate Bill 2.
The Lead: Lawmakers negotiated late into the night in an attempt to finalize the 2014-2015 state budget. Conference committee members have agreed on a […]
After a delay Friday, the Senate finally passed House Bill 5, the session’s big education bill limiting state testing in high school and altering high school graduation plans.
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.
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.