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  1. House passes budget after more than 15-hour debateRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Apr 7 | MyHighPlains.com

    After 15 and a half hours of debate on hundreds of amendments to the Texas House budget, lawmakers in the lower chamber passed the two-year, $218 billion document, with 131 votes in favor and 16 votes against. The House vote included using $2.5 billion from the state's savings account, colloquially known as the Rainy Day Fund.

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  2. Senate Education Committee passes school choice billRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 23, 2017 | MyHighPlains.com

    The vote came two days after a hearing that lasted more than eight hours, with more than 150 people filling the room to testify in support and opposition. The bill would create two public programs subsidizing private school tuition and homeschooling expenses.

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  3. Texas Senate passes restrictions on abortion insuranceRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 22, 2017 | MyHighPlains.com

    The Texas Senate on Wednesday gave initial approval to a measure that would require women to pay a separate premium if they want their health plan to cover an elective abortion. Under Senate Bill 20, health plans would still be allowed to cover abortions that are deemed medically necessary.

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  4. Senate Education Committee taking up school choice billRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 21, 2017 | MyHighPlains.com

    Use our Texas Public Schools Explorer to see a breakdown of each public and charter school and public school district in Texas. The leading piece of legislation subsidizing private school tuition - one of the most controversial bills this session - will get its first hearing Tuesday in the Senate Public Education Committee.

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  5. Universities face funding cuts of 6 percent to 10 percent in Senate planRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 16, 2017 | MyHighPlains.com

    A Senate committee on Wednesday voted to significantly rework how universities in Texas are funded - a move that will save some smaller regional schools from catastrophic cuts but instead spread significant losses more evenly among all the public colleges in the state. Each university would lose 6 percent to 10 percent of its state funding under the plan.

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  6. Senate Finance Committee tentatively votes to defund Abbott's pre-K programRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 16, 2017 | MyHighPlains.com

    The panel unanimously voted to approve a set of public education budget items Wednesday evening, cutting $180 million the Senate had allocated for pre-K funding in a January version of the budget. Instead, it voted to put $40 million into a separate partnership with nonprofits to support districts and charters implementing pre-K programs.

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  7. Education committee chairs push major edits to A-F ratings for schoolsRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 16, 2017 | MyHighPlains.com

    A controversial grading system for Texas public schools and districts, set for deployment in 2018, could dramatically change if the state's top two public education legislators have their way. House Public Education Chairman Dan Huberty , R-Humble, and Senate Education Chairman Larry Taylor , R-Friendswood, have filed similar bills that that would condense the number of categories in which schools and districts get A-F grades and include factors other than standardized tests to grade schools.

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  8. Analysis: Texas makes do with broken but legal school finance systemRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 13, 2017 | MyHighPlains.com

    As the Texas Legislature searches for a solution to the state's persistent school finance problems, the Houston Independent School District is asking voters to reconsider its property tax policy, and Austin ISD is warning voters that a big chunk of their school tax dollars aren't going where taxpayers might think they're going. It's a confusing time in school finance - a maelstrom of local and state governments trying to master a byzantine system that is broken in every way but the most important one: It remains, according to the Texas Supreme Court, constitutionally sound.

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  9. Texas Senate passes ethics reformRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 7, 2017 | MyHighPlains.com

    The Texas Senate, passing the first bill of the 2017 legislative session, unanimously approved an ethics reform package that watchdogs say will help curb conflicts of interest and shed more light on the private dealings of state elected officials. The fast-tracked legislation, SB 14 by Sen. Van Taylor , now heads to the Texas House.

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  10. Lawmakers on board with emergency funding for child protectionRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 5, 2016 | MyHighPlains.com

    Texas lawmakers said Thursday they're willing to give $150 million in emergency funding to the embattled Department of Family and Protective Services to help the agency begin addressing gaps in its ability to protect vulnerable and abused children. If the Legislative Budget Board gives final approval, the agency will be able to hire 829 new caseworkers and give $12,000 raises to existing ones.

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