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Act now to help pass crucial aid to Texas in the HEROES Act!

Send your letter now asking your senators to support the HEROES Act, which will provide crucial funding for our K-12 and higher ed schools, and other state and local services. What the HEROES Act will provide Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell warned that the U.S. economy "could become stuck in a painful multiyear recession if Congress and the White...

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Attack on Texas Classrooms Expands

New legislation to make permanent, adverse changes in class-size limits, state pay standards, and contract safeguards for educators was filed today in the Texas House by Rep. Rob Eissler, Republican of The Woodlands. Eissler’s HB 8 mounts an even broader attack on Texas classrooms than does SB 8, a similar...

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Fighting Back: What You Can Do Tomorrow

Hearings in the state capitol on Thursday morning will reopen the issue of how to enforce deep funding cuts for public schools in the 2012-2013 budget. At 9 a.m. in the House Appropriations Committee (Room E1.030) and at 10 a.m. in the Senate Finance Committee, hearings will begin on companion...

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Stopped Dead: Attack on Class-Size Caps, Pay Standards, Contract Rights

Congratulations to all of you who have participated in our session-long fight against bills to gut class-size caps, pay guarantees, and contract safeguards in state law. We are still combing and re-combing through the last few House-Senate conference reports on bills still to be finally approved, but it appears that...

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No Deal Yet on School Finance, But Movement on Other Issues

No final agreement has been reached yet on one of the lynchpin issues of the 2011 legislative session—school finance, perhaps better described as how to distribute among school districts the destructive impact of unprecedented budget cuts. Without a school-finance deal to allocate $4 billion in cuts—potentially equivalent to 40,000 layoffs...

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One More Tussle Over the Rainy Day Fund: HB 275 and HB 4

The House and Senate have taken further action on two bills needed to cover the state’s obligations for the current fiscal year. Under HB 275, finally enacted Wednesday, the legislature has tapped nearly $3.2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund to pay bills for the current budget year, because revenue...

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Charter Takeover of Neighborhood Schools Defeated

On Tuesday morning a valid point of order by Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, Democrat of San Antonio, forced the withdrawal of legislation that would have authorized private charter operators to take over neighborhood public schools. Though scaled down to affect only Bexar County (San Antonio area), this proposal by Rep....

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