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Texas Legislature convenes for third Special Session

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Photo: Sen. José Menéndez speaks on the Senate floor Wednesday. On Monday, the Texas Legislature convened for a third special session called by Gov. Greg Abbott to address redistricting, ban vaccine mandates, restrict transgender athletes, appropriate federal stimulus money, and outlaw certain tethering of dogs in unsafe conditions. On Wednesday, just two weeks after his initial announcement of the special...

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13th check for TRS retirees planned for delivery in January

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September 20 Update: The legislation funding the 13th check (HB 5) was signed into law by the governor on September 19. The supplemental payment process will move forward as planned. The Teacher Retirement System of Texas will deliver a supplemental pension payment—a 13th check—to retirees in January after the budget...

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Florida announces end to standardized testing; will Texas follow?

Gov. Abott with a smirk and Gov. DeSantis looking bewildered

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced the end of standardized testing in his state. Gov. Greg Abbott usually copies DeSantis' every move, so we want to voice our support for the governor to add legislation to this third special session's agenda that cancels STAAR permanently. If we want to copy all the...

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Social Studies TEKS Review Work Group application

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The State Board of Education (SBOE) will soon begin the review and revision of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for K-12 social studies. The SBOE’s TEKS review and revision process calls for multiple, separate work groups to make recommendations to the SBOE for revisions to the current standards....

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