Texas Senate approves $3 billion college campus construction bill
The Texas Senate approved a bill Friday that would issue $3 billion in bonds to fund higher education construction programs hours after Gov.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Lawmakers briefed on status of Texas’ power grid after conservation alert
Several Texas lawmakers were briefed Wednesday on the status of our state’s power grid. Gov. Greg Abbott also spoke about the recent calls for energy conservation after several power generators went offline for unexpected maintenance.
Gov. Greg Abbott signs bill allowing college athletes to profit off their own name and likeness
More than a dozen states have passed similar legislation allowing college athletes to be paid for the use of their name, image or likeness as state lawmakers have called on the federal government to set national guidelines.
Texas bill to ban the teaching of "critical race theory" spiked at the last minute on a technicality
Texas educators worried the bill would have a chilling effect on tough conversations about race and racism. GOP lawmakers said they wanted to ensure teachers' personal biases stay out of their lessons
Texas’ divisive bill limiting how students learn about current events and historic racism passed by Senate
The bill aims to ban critical race theory in public and open-enrollment charter schools. Supporters say it merely ensures students aren't taught that one race or gender is superior to another. Critics say it limits how race in America is taught.
Texas distorts its past to defend Confederate monuments
Walker County Commissioners explained their Dec. 21 decision only by saying that the monument “does not belong to us,” suggesting it is a piece of local history. So rejecting the Confederacy is Texas history, too. The modern city of Houston is named for him, as is the university in Huntsville, Texas, where we teach American history. When Texas legislators met in 1861 to consider seceding from the United States, Houston made clear his opposition to the move. This is the preferred version of Texas history promoted by the state’s conservative leadership, the version that appears in Texas schools’ textbooks.chron.com
Texas Lawmakers Face Tough Choices Over State Budget Impacted By COVID-19 – Houston Public Media
The state comptroller's office says lawmakers need to close a shortfall of nearly $1 billion in revenues. "When you set aside public education, higher education, and health care expenditures, that's close to 86 to 87 percent of the budget," he said. And the Atascocita High School math teacher has been around long enough to remember what happened to public education the last time the state had a major budget crisis. So, when Abbott pointed out in his State of the State speech that the legislature would "continue to fund education as (it) promised," Havranek was skeptical. This budget season brings little hope for teachers like Havranek that their classroom budgets will be restored, whatever Abbott says.houstonpublicmedia.org
GOP Lawmakers Push Bill Banning Mass Mailing Of Absentee Ballot Applications – Houston Public Media
Over the summer, the Harris County Clerk’s Office tried to send mail-in ballot applications to all voters in response to the pandemic. Now, five state senators, including Conroe's Brandon Creighton and Houston's Paul Bettencourt, have filed a bill that would make it illegal to send unsolicited absentee ballot applications to registered voters. He alleged that upwards of $1 million of taxpayer's money was spent printing ballot applications that were then destroyed. Republican state Rep. Valoree Swanson, also of Houston, has filed a companion bill in the House. Subscribe to Today in Houston Fill out the form below to subscribe our new daily editorial newsletter from the HPM Newsroom.houstonpublicmedia.org
Several candidates file for New Caney ISD board of trustees in November election
As the Nov. 5 uniform election draws near, deadlines for candidates and Lake Houston-area voters are coming up. The filing period for candidates opened July 22, and the deadline to file is Aug. 19. Here is who has filed for the positions so far and where to file:New Caney ISD board of trusteesThere are two positions up for election this year: Positions 6 and 7. The list of candidates will be updated as more candidates file. Those who wish to apply can apply in person at the New Caney ISD Administration Building, located at 21580 Loop 494, New Caney, or by mail.communityimpact.com
House Bill 3 marks historic school finance, tax reform
House Bill 3 has been described by legislators as one of the most extensive school finance reform bills in the states history. The maintenance and operations portion of a school districts tax rate funds daily operations, and the smaller interest and sinking rate accrues from bonds. Creighton said the percentage of public school districts funding from the statewhich has declined in recent yearsis increasing from 38% to 45%. Full-day pre-K programsThe demands of full-day pre-K could create a new influx of students into the district, CISD officials said. We want the school districts to measure it in a way that is very easy to discern.communityimpact.com