Education

Texas Senate OKs Tougher Rules for Veterans’ Free Tuition Program

May 6, 2015
Eva Hershaw / The Texas Tribune

In an effort to contain growing costs, the Texas Senate voted Tuesday to make it harder for veterans to pass free in-state tuition benefits on to their children. 

By a 24-7 vote, senators approved new restrictions to the Hazlewood program, which offers free school to veterans after they serve in active duty, and can be passed on to children if the benefits are unused. Under the new version, veterans would need to serve longer and pass on their benefits sooner if they wanted one of their dependents to be eligible. The proposed changes follow universities’ pleas for help with the spiraling costs of the program.  

Senate Bill 1735 will now go to the House, where similar legislation is already being considered. Supporters said the bill is necessary to keep the Hazlewood program alive. And even if the changes go into effect, Hazlewood will remain the most generous state-run veterans’ tuition program in the country, they said. 

Source: http://www.craneisd.com/

CRANE, Texas — An outbreak of chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease, has been reported at a small West Texas high school.

KOSA-TV of Odessa and Midland reports the Crane Independent School District sent a letter last week to parents of Crane High School students informing them that 20 cases of chlamydia had been confirmed at the school. Crane High School has an enrollment of about 300 students.

State health officials had notified the district of a significant number of chlamydia cases reported in Crane County and adjacent Upton County. District officials plan meet with the school’s advisory committee of teachers, parents and school officials to discuss the situation Monday.

Ryan E. Poppe

State education leaders and coaches have launched a pilot program to combat teen dating violence. The program is called ‘Protect Her.’

Its goal is to change the perception student athletes may have about what is appropriate dating behavior and when activities have crossed the line.

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams said on Friday that dating violence among teens is more common than people realized.

“What many people may not realize is about half of all reported sexual assaults are youngsters who are about 12 to 24, and about half of those are youngsters from about 12 to 17,” Williams pointed out.

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AUSTIN — More than a dozen students at an Austin high school have been charged with misdemeanor rioting for a brawl last month.

Cell phone videos showed no teachers or school administrators present as the students at Eastside Memorial High School were throwing punches and cafeteria chairs at each other.

School district Police Chief Eric Mendez told The Austin American-Statesman that “quite a bit of chaos” broke out April 9 in the apparent continuation of a fight after school the previous day.

He says teachers were in training sessions at the time and a security guard and school official were responding to another incident elsewhere on the campus.

Ryan Poppe / TPR News

AUSTIN — The Texas Senate has voted to bar universities statewide from increasing tuition by more than 1 percent over the cost of inflation until the 2018-19 academic year.

The rule was tacked Thursday onto a larger bill requiring that colleges meet academic performance standards before being allowed to raise tuition beginning in 2018-19. And even then, those meeting necessary future benchmarks wouldn’t be allowed to increase tuition more than 3 percent above the inflation rate.

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