Lawmakers cut $5.4 billion to public education during the last legislative session, which meant districts had to act fast.
"We have looked at turning lights off, adjusting air conditioning systems, redoing transportation bus routes," said North East ISD Superintendent Dr. Brian Gottardy, who said that 85 percent of his budget is education.
Gottardy didn't have to cut positions and instead reduced his staff through attrition, which still meant larger class sizes.
Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 6:00 am
Two SMU political science professors disagree on whether Governor Rick Perryâ€™s call for a tax cut will sail through the legislature. We asked professors Cal Jillson and Matthew Wilson to watch the governorâ€™s state-of-the state speech yesterday and tell us what impressed them.
While most of the focus on the legislature thus far has been on issues like education funding, gun control and women's rights, Texas is also faced with the growing needs of veterans who return home; the two most vital being employment and medical care.
State legislators intend to lay out their bills for the 83rd legislative session over the coming months. Veteran's organizations will be waiting to see if they are part of lawmaker's plans. Most notably they'll look for legislation that works on reducing the disability claims backlogs that are continuing to rise in Texas.
A bill in the Texas House proposes removing the concealed portion of Texas gun laws allowing license holders to freely display their weapons.
State Rep. George Lavender, R-Texarkana, proposed HB 700, which alters the code that says a firearm canâ€™t be seen, but does require it be in a belt or shoulder holster with dual points of resistance.
Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 5:06 am
When the House and Senate filed base budgets last week, advocates for programs that were cut in 2011, including public education, were upset the budgets didnâ€™t restore funding. Lawmakers countered that the budget was expected to grow.
Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 11:08 am
Texas lawmakers were back at work Wednesday, after nearly a week off.Â
They haveÂ about 125 days left in their 140 day session. While a vacation right off the bat might seem like a lazy start to their every-other-year meeting,Â itâ€™s all part of the plan: In musical terms, each session has it's own rhythm and tempo.Â
Standardized testing in Texas: Are changes on the way? And what happens to the test papers when students have filled in the last bubble? How do you teach the bible in public schools without promoting a religious viewpoint? The Texas Legislature tries to figure out education funding (again), and now that the president has been re-elected for a second term, Latinos are asking about immigration reform.
A bill filed by State Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D) of Houston would allow liquor stores to join its supermarket brethren in allowing alcohol sales after 12 p.m. Liquor stores across Texas must lock their doors on Sundays, and grocery stores cannot sell alcohol before noon.