Ryan Poppe http://tpr.org en Texas Education Commissioner Requests Extension For Rollout Of New Teacher Evaluations http://tpr.org/post/texas-education-commissioner-requests-extension-rollout-new-teacher-evaluations <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has asked the U.S. Department of Education allow the state to delay a full rollout of a new teacher evaluation system and</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> teacher's associations are applauding Williams' action.</span></p><p>As per agreement with that allows Texas to opt out of sections of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, Williams was to design a teacher evaluation pilot program, test it using voluntary school districts, and then rollout the program after a year.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:37:16 +0000 Ryan Poppe 35659 at http://tpr.org Texas Education Commissioner Requests Extension For Rollout Of New Teacher Evaluations State Lawmakers Debate Future Of Texas Economic Incentive Programs http://tpr.org/post/state-lawmakers-debate-future-texas-economic-incentive-programs <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There is a divide among state lawmakers regarding economic incentive programs for new and expanding businesses.&nbsp; Some lawmakers and state leaders question whether these programs remain useful and beneficial for the state's economic growth.</span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:35:32 +0000 Ryan Poppe 35642 at http://tpr.org State Lawmakers Debate Future Of Texas Economic Incentive Programs RAICES Says 63% Of Minors At Lackland Qualify For Asylum, Sen. Cornyn Skeptical http://tpr.org/post/raices-says-63-minors-lackland-qualify-asylum-sen-cornyn-skeptical <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An <a href="http://www.raicestexas.org/#!At-Least-63-of-Refugee-Children-at-Lackland-Air-Force-Base-Qualify-for-Relief/c4x3/48917F75-F1DC-40B4-8F0C-2E2270900065" target="_blank">internal review by the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) </a>found 63% of the Central American children being housed at </span>Lackland<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Air Force base in San Antonio would qualify for some type of asylum relief.</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:43:29 +0000 Ryan Poppe 35576 at http://tpr.org RAICES Says 63% Of Minors At Lackland Qualify For Asylum, Sen. Cornyn Skeptical Davis And State Dems Planning To Monitor For Voter Suppression, Discrimination http://tpr.org/post/davis-and-state-dems-planning-monitor-voter-suppression-discrimination <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis and the Texas Democratic Party are launching a voter protection program to monitor </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">voter suppression and discrimination on Election Day.</span></p><p>Davis predicts this election will have large voter turnout and she, along with the state party and Battleground Texas, are getting prepared for what could come down to a legal fight at the ballot box.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:19:02 +0000 Ryan Poppe 35563 at http://tpr.org Davis And State Dems Planning To Monitor For Voter Suppression, Discrimination Senate Lawmakers Examine Ways To Solve Teaching Shortage In Texas http://tpr.org/post/senate-lawmakers-examine-ways-solve-teaching-shortage-texas <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ahead of the 2015 legislative session, state lawmakers are examining what can be done to address the state’s shortage of teachers.&nbsp; A</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;senate committee asked leading education officials to make recommendations on how to improve retention levels while maintaining quality educators.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:40:13 +0000 Ryan Poppe 35516 at http://tpr.org Senate Lawmakers Examine Ways To Solve Teaching Shortage In Texas Rio Grande Valley Lawmaker Says The "Militarization" Of The Border Is Wrong For Texas http://tpr.org/post/rio-grande-valley-lawmaker-says-militarization-border-wrong-texas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, is taking issue with Gov. Rick Perry’s executive action to activate the Texas National Guard along the U.S.-Mexico border.</span></p><p>Hinojosa applauded the efforts of the Department of Public Safety’s border surge Operation Strong Safety, which is a state-led effort to provide more security along the border and plug up any holes that cartels may be using for criminal activity.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:59:50 +0000 Ryan Poppe 35480 at http://tpr.org Gov. Perry Orders National Guard Troops To The Border http://tpr.org/post/gov-perry-orders-national-guard-troops-border <p></p><p>While waiting for the federal government to do something about the situation on the border with Mexico, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has decided to take action into his own hands, ordering a deployment of Texas National Guard troops.</p><p>Perry said the majority of those crossing the border are here to commit crimes and only a small percentage are unaccompanied minors.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:50:24 +0000 Ryan Poppe 35477 at http://tpr.org Gov. Perry Orders National Guard Troops To The Border Gov. Perry Expected To Send National Guard Troops To The Border http://tpr.org/post/gov-perry-expected-send-national-guard-troops-border <p></p><p><a href="http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/gov-rick-perry-to-deploy-national-guard-troops-to-rgv/article_a016fb52-1073-11e4-975b-0017a43b2370.html" target="_blank">According to the McAllen Monitor</a>, a newspaper covering South Texas, Gov. Rick Perry is expected to announce that he will be sending 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Rio Grande Valley near the Texas-Mexico Border.</p><p>Perry is hoping to deter the influx of illegal crossings by staging troops in South Texas.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:56:49 +0000 Ryan Poppe 35418 at http://tpr.org Gov. Perry Expected To Send National Guard Troops To The Border UT Chancellor Tells House Committee Powers' Resignation Had Nothing To Do With Hall Impeachment http://tpr.org/post/ut-chancellor-tells-house-committee-powers-resignation-had-nothing-do-hall-impeachment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco </span>Cigarroa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> told a Texas House committee that the UT Board of Regents relationship with UT at Austin President Bill Powers had become strained and his negotiated resignation had nothing to their impeachment investigation of Regent Wallace Hall.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:07:41 +0000 Ryan Poppe 35243 at http://tpr.org Davis Outraises In Last Quarter, But Abbott Holds Cash-On-Hand Lead http://tpr.org/post/davis-outraises-last-quarter-abbott-holds-cash-hand-lead <p>Democratic nominee for governor Wendy Davis’ campaign has announced they were able to raise $11.2 million in donations over the last quarter in tandem with Battleground Texas.</p><p>With less than four months to go before the general election, Davis' campaign has $13.1 million cash on hand.</p><p>In the same time frame, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott raised $11.1 million, giving his campaign a combined total of $35.5 million cash on hand.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:37:53 +0000 Ryan Poppe 35112 at http://tpr.org