Services for Linda Bridges

Services for Bridges were held on Friday, January 16, in Austin. Another memorial service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 4:30 pm at the Communications Workers of America Hall, 1210 South Staples Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78404.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Texas AFL-CIO Scholarship Fund, 1204 San Antonio St. #300, Austin, TX 78701.

You may also donate to the fund online:


From the Legislative Hotline

Texas Senate Committees Named

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, the presiding officer of the Texas Senate, announced his appointments Friday to the 14 Senate committees of the 2015 legislative session. The roster of the Senate Education Committee is as follows: Larry Taylor, chair (Republican of Friendswood) Eddie Lucio, Jr., vice chair (Democrat of Brownsville) Paul Bettencourt (Republican of Houston) Donna Campbell (Republican of … [Read More...]

Feds Pressure Texas to Expand Misuse of Test Scores

In order to get out from under ill-conceived federal mandates and sanctions in the No Child Left Behind Act, Commissioner of Education Michael Williams obtained a conditional waiver in 2013 requiring Texas to develop new, test-driven teacher evaluations. But he and his Texas Education Agency lack the legal authority to impose the new model on school districts, which have the power under state law … [Read More...]

Voucher Update, State and Federal

When state Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, Republican of Killeen, talks about education issues, people around the state capitol tend to pay careful attention. That’s because Aycock is likely to continue in the 2015 legislative session as chair of the House Public Education Committee. (Speaker Joe Straus has not yet announced his committee appointments.) Hence Rep. Aycock caused a bit of commotion today … [Read More...]