Michael Williams, the Texas education commissioner, said some of the biggest school districts in the state are showing interest in a new state-initiated teacher evaluation program but teacher’s unions fear the pilot program will involve high-stakes test scores.
A major climate change initiative by the Obama administration has been challenged. The White House, in an re-interpretation of the Clean Air Act, enacted stricter regulations for greenhouse gases, and stated it would begin permitting polluters.
Today the Supreme Court hears arguments in Texas v. EPA. Texas' permitting system for air polluters predates the EPA and the state believes it has done and can do a better job of the permitting.
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) being offered for free by the nation's best universities were going to change everything about education. The most prestigious institutions in America threw open their doors to the masses. Millions of people poured in, taking everything from computer science to "The Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe."
A 19 year old trainee from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland died Thursday after training exercises, a spokesperson told TPR this weekend.
Terron Moore, a native of Indiana, collapsed following a run, said Collen McGee Saturday. Initial emails regarding the incident were blocked by a technical problem. McGee emphasized that the Air Force strives to be transparent in news, good or bad, and worked on Saturday to relay the message about the passing of the trainee.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has requested the secretary of state and attorney general’s office investigate Battleground Texas for possible voter harvesting. The allegations center on another undercover video produced by conservative activist group Project Veritas.
In the past, Project Veritas’ videos have been scrutinized for how they were produced and whether there was any truth to their content. The latest video featuring Battleground Texas San Antonio Field Organizer Jennifer Longoria has public officials believing there is enough to launch an investigation.
Insurance giant USAA is facing a change in management next year now that long-time CEO Joe Robles Jr. has announced he is entering retirement.
Robles, who served 28 years in the Army, first served on the USAA Board of Directors and joined the company as chief financial officer and controller in 1994. He also served as corporate treasurer and chief administrative officer before taking the helm as CEO and president in 2007.
In another sign of a recovering economy, larger loans to new small businesses are on the rise.
Acción Texas, Inc. has announced its best fourth quarter to date for Small Business Administration 504 lending. The nonprofit small business lender this week announced its SBA 504 lending division had a record fourth quarter of $12.9 million in loans, a figure 77 percent higher than the previous year.
Bob Schraitle, vice-president of the 504 division, credits several factors, including pulling out of the recession, for the marked increase in new loans.
Fronteras: The exhibit Standing Their Ground: Tejanos at the Alamo takes a new look at the story of the Alamo siege and battle. Water experts say the Southwest should get used to the idea of drinking recycled water as treatment plants become more sophisticated. Water "czar" Pat Mulroy has just retired -- she leaves behind a big legacy and big lessons about the Colorado River during this record drought.
Texas Matters: The addition of rocker/conservative-activist Ted Nugent to the campaigning in the race for governor only served to add fuel to an already blazing fire. More on opposition research and it's role in modern campaigning, and how hydraulic fracking in North Texas could play a role in the race for railroad commissioner. Also on this show: Air quality in the Eagle Ford Shale, and a look at the next generation of Texas oil field workers.