Public Education


First Amendment rights may apply to all citizens, but they get tricky in the setting of public schools. Schools want to protect their educational environment but law professor Catherine J. Ross argues schools have gone too far. 

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Last year the San Antonio Independent School District along with 8 other education outlets was awarded half a million dollars from the U.S. Department of Education's Full Service Community Schools program to turn Wheatley Middle School into a hub of community activity with substantial resources for students and their parents. Job-skills training, socio-emotional well-being options, after-school academic programs, and more are slated to begin this Saturday when the school celebrates a grand reopening. 

Ryan E. Poppe

Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed a person to lead the State Board of Education during his time in office.   But he’s now being criticized for selecting someone whose own kids have never attended a public school.

For the last two years Houston Republican Donna Bahorich served as a member of the State Board of Education.  Before that she worked for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s previous state senate campaign, and she was one his top choices when asked who should succeed outgoing chair Barbara Cargil.

Ryan E. Poppe

 House Public Education Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock, a Republican from Killeen, introduced a bill that would provide most school districts with more money in per pupil spending. Aycock said that coming up with an appropriate formula and then getting members of the Legislature to agree with it has been a near impossible task.

Ryan E. Poppe

After some heated debate and some changes, a bill that reforms how school districts can respond to children repeatedly missing class passed in the Texas Senate. 

At the start of the session during his State of Judiciary address, Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht told lawmakers that reforming truancy laws was one of the most important issues facing them this session.  And the bill’s author, Houston Democratic Sen. John Whitmire tends to agree.