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Education: No Longer an Obligation?

The budget's impact on schools won't just be a $4 billion cut but a change in philosophy.

My last print column from our Lege wrap-up issue. For more than 60 years, education has held a privileged place in Texas public policy. Unlike every other part ...Read More

The Possible Reincarnation of School Finance Plans

With conference committees still meeting and a midnight deadline looming, lawmakers still have a few options for passing school finance plans.

When Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, took the mike late Monday night, he knew he was beat. He began thanking his colleagues for their work on Senate Bill 158...Read More

The State of Things in Budget Limbo

Budget compromises seem to be chugging along—assuming they can pass some mighty controversial fiscal matters measures.

It’s looking more and more likely that the Legislature may yet reach an agreement on the budget—in the regular session. Most of this week, House and Sen...Read More