Posted on · Abbott's announcement Tuesday suggests a renewed effort to divert public funds to private schools. Phelan’s office stopped short of calling it an agreement, saying the Republican speaker “looks forward to having robust discussions on school funding, teacher pay, and other critical issues with his House colleagues."
Posted on · Governor Greg Abbott and other supporters of private school vouchers are struggling to make headway in the Texas House, where many lawmakers remain skeptical of a program that would give tax dollars to private and homeschool students.
Posted on · Democrats are the minority in the Texas Legislature and their proposal is almost guaranteed to fail. Even if they wanted to push for salary increases for teachers, their anti-voucher stance could stall any progress.
Posted on · Like in Texas, voucher programs in other states sparked vigorous debates, came with the same promises and faced similar concerns. Not all predictions came true.
Posted on · Analysts discuss those and other developments in this week's political roundup.
Posted on · Educators, elected officials and families say sending public dollars to private schools will harm already cash-strapped school districts.
Posted on · School vouchers and border security are the focus of a special legislative session beginning this week in the Texas Statehouse. Both are key issues for the state's Republican governor.
Posted on · On Monday's show: A third special session of the Texas Legislature begins today. The focus of this one includes school vouchers and the creation of a state deportation force. And we get the latest on the Astros' playoff run.
Posted on · Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Thursday the latest special session will focus on school vouchers and the creation of a state deportation force, two highly controversial issues that have failed in previous special and regular sessions.
Posted on · Gov. Greg Abbott wants private school vouchers passed and tells opponents they'll face primary challenges for their seats if they don't give him what he wants.
Posted on · The public education committee is hearing testimony today about a House version of Senate Bill 8, which would let families enroll their children in a state-funded “educational savings program.”
Posted on · A bill to give Texas families public funds to avoid integrated schools almost became law in 1957.
Posted on · Gov. Greg Abbott’s Houston visit continued a months-long tour of private schools and churches across Texas. He pushed for the creation of a school voucher-like program and urged supporters to contact lawmakers in the Texas House.
Posted on · This legislative session, the main priority for House Republicans has been easing the tax burden on Texas homeowners. The chamber’s spending plan earmarks $17 billion to cut the state’s appraisal caps in half.
Posted on · On Tuesday's show: A new report from Rice University suggests two specific actions to address the problem by – among other things – honing in on a trait most of the shooters have in common.