In one of the most emotional hearings of the legislative session, parents testified on behalf of special needs children who had been abused in special education classrooms.
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Since Sandy Hook, a handful of Texas school districts have added policies letting some teachers carry guns—Patrick’s bill is meant to make that decision safer, so heat-packing teachers know what they’re getting into.
After hauling banned books into Arizona, Houston writer Tony Diaz brought his “Librotraficante” campaign to the Texas Capitol Thursday, to fight a proposal to count only “comprehensive survey” courses toward college degree requirements.
Patrick’s bill, SB1410, would create what he calls the Texas Equal Opportunity Scholarship Program. It’s the largest voucher program in any bill filed this session, offering private school vouchers for at-risk and low-income students, with a priority for kids in low-rated schools.
This morning, Patrick blew the whistle on yet another crisis he deems roughly equal to the fight against racial injustice a half-century ago: parochial school students who can’t play baseball against public school students in the University Interscholastic League.
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.
Wednesday, from the Rio Grande Guardian, came word that a voucher “pilot program” could be introduced by—wait for it—Democratic state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. He just doesn’t want to call it “vouchers.”
It was a telling diversion in an otherwise agreeable budget meeting to watch a pair of Democratic senators try to make Patrick, the usually tight-fisted tea party favorite, defend the extra cost of his school reform plans.
The Lead: It was Grammy day at the Capitol apparently, with the Josh Abbott Band and Paul Wall’s famous mouth jewelry appearing in the […]
A Senate hearing today on a bill that would restrict use of RU-486, the so-called abortion pill, felt almost perfunctory.