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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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Bills on the Move, for Good or Ill

With just over 30 days to go in the regular session of the Texas legislature, here are some of the notable bills that moved ahead, for good or ill, during the past week. SB 718 by Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, Democrat of San Antonio, makes a reasonable change in...

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Budget Bill Bogs Down as Lieutenant Governor Turns Wobbly on Senate Plan

The already-inadequate Senate budget proposal, which would cut more than $4 billion in state aid and grants to school districts, suffered a blow from the Senate’s own presiding officer yesterday. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who presides over the Texas Senate, felt compelled to tell the press yesterday that he was...

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Eve of Action on HB 400, SB 12 “Mandate Relief” Bills

Two bills to provide "flexibility" for school districts at the expense of students and teachers could come up for floor votes in the Texas House (HB 400) and Senate (SB 12) tomorrow (Tuesday, April 26). Messages from school employees and parents all over the state already have slowed these bills...

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Feds Approve $830 Million for Texas Schools

The Texas application for $830 million in Education Jobs Fund money from the U.S. Department of Education has been accepted, according to an announcement from the Department on Friday. The funds can be used by school districts from now through September 30, 2012. The primary purpose is to allow districts...

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