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Judge: Texas School Finance System Unconstitutional
Now what? Legislators, education advocates and think tanks respond
"...John Dietz finally released his ruling yesterday on the Texas public school finance system, it was no surprise to..."

Feb. 5, 2013 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Each One, Teach One: AFT's Online Mentoring
The AFT joins the wave of online teaching communities
" share that they feel may help their peers. Texas AFT Secretary-Treasurer Louis Malfaro said, "Any teacher, regardless of..."

Aug. 24, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Farewell to Linda Bridges, Hero of Texas Schools
Teachers union leader passes, leaving legacy of advocacy
"...the closest thing to collective bargaining possible in anti-union Texas, and a model that has spread to many other..."

Jan. 14, 2015 News Post by Richard Whittaker

AFT: "Fund Our Schools"
Teachers rally at Capitol in support of schools
"...Weingarten's March 9 visit to Austin was part of Texas AFT's legislative lobby day, and the agenda went beyond..."

March 13, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Drop in the Bucket: Disputed Fed Ed Funding Comes to Texas
Disputed fed ed funding comes to Texas
"...After a long fight, Texas looks likely to receive a..."

April 22, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Texas House Advances Ambitious School Finance Bill
Teachers’ union celebrates shedding of merit pay provision
"...House Bill 3, through a unanimous vote on Tuesday afternoon. The substitute bill closely resembles the initial version of..."

March 22, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

A Big Texas Unwelcome in Dallas
‘Don’t Mess with Texas, ALEC!’
"...Dallas this year, a broad coalition of concerned central Texas residents and organizations named 'Don’t Mess With Texas, ALEC'..."

July 29, 2014 News Post by Michael King

Weekend Warriors for Public Schools
Save Texas Schools and Texas AFT to rally at capitol
"...After a day of testimony at House and Senate public..."

June 2, 2011 News Post by Ramon Martinez

Balancing the Books After Years of Neglecting Schools
The Texas Legislature wants to fix school finance, but how?
"...but maybe not enough to travel back. That's how Texas lawmakers have treated the state's school finance system, and..."

April 7, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Perry on Power
'No energy subsidies' or 'No, energy subsidies"
"...Spit take time. It is little secret that Texas has always been financially supportive of the energy industry,..."

Oct. 25, 2011 News Post by Richard Whittaker

If It's Broke, Don't Fix It
Texas school finance system ruled constitutional
"...The Texas public school finance system is broken, but not so..."

May 20, 2016 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

TPPF, Jim DeMint, Milton Friedman, and Me
Lunch and school choice with unholy free market triumvirate
", they would look a lot like Wednesday morning's Texas Public Policy Foundation gathering, as the movers and shakers..."

March 31, 2013 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Fed School Funding
Teachers' unions say Race to the Top places too much emphasis on testing
"...state's application – despite months of preparation by the Texas Education Agency. Perry's political opponents call his decision to..."

Jan. 22, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Poverty Knocks
Texas' financial black hole widens
" distract Texans from their failure to protect the Texas environment, more stunningly awful news about the budget: They..."

May 29, 2010 News Post by Richard Whittaker

State Budget Estimate Up, But Much Already Spent
Texas prepares for second half of grand bait and switch
"...As the Texas Legislature prepares to reconvene tomorrow, there's some good budget..."

Jan. 7, 2013 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Trustees on a Timer?
House Public Ed committee discusses term limits for school board trustees
"...sinecure for life, but the downside is losing experience after an arbitrary period...."

March 10, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Teachers Eye Union Label
Four Texas Teacher Associations Fight for Members
"...Among the disputed issues: the scope of teachers' duties after school hours, the school district's teacher transfer policy, a..."

Feb. 28, 1997 News Feature by Roseana Auten

Louis Malfaro and 18 Years of AISD Politics
The teachers' union veteran looks back as he moves forward
"...Sept. 1 to become secretary-treasurer of statewide teachers' union Texas AFT may be the biggest change in district politics..."

Sept. 3, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Public Ed's Future Hangs in Balance
It's Teacher Appreciation Week, but you'd never know it at the Lege
" employment law, it is Teacher Appreciation Week in Texas. The bitter irony of the situation has not been..."

May 6, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Ike Causing Cancellation
Texas AFT reschedules meeting over travel concerns.
"...first confirmed Hurricane Ike-related cancellation in Austin: Education union Texas AFT was planning to hold its statewide testing forum..."

Sept. 10, 2008 Emergency Post by Richard Whittaker

State and Local Elections
No new taxes!
"...prides itself on being not like the rest of Texas. That makes statewide constitutional amendments an interesting litmus test:..."

Nov. 6, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Davis Enters Race, Mudslinging Begins
A governor's race with lots of buzz
"...Davis entered the 2014 race to be governor of Texas...."

Oct. 11, 2013 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Austin Education vs. Education Austin
School district suddenly goes wobbly on longstanding relationship with faculty-staff union
"...years, AISD names an exclusive consultation representative. This being Texas, "collective bargaining" is not allowed, but the representative organization..."

Feb. 17, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Lege Lines
The Lege takes a break as controversy remains about transportation funding and the Public Integrity Unit
"...if approved by voters in November, would help fill Texas Department of Transportation coffers. The House plan would end..."

July 26, 2013 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Teachers Want Books Checked at Pension Fund
TRS internal investigation isn't credible, union president says
"...this week, the president of the union that represents Texas teachers called for a serious review of the allegations..."

Oct. 29, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

The Education Session
The Lege takes another run at patching school finance
"...If there's a poster child for what's best about Texas school kids, she could be Regan Lively. With a..."

May 1, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Save Our Schools!
Texans advance on Capitol in bid to preserve public schools
"...As the 82nd Texas Legislature reaches its midpoint, lawmakers are facing a gut..."

March 11, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Neighborhoods, Schools, and Budgets
Austin ISD's looming financial crisis is a statewide story
"...a rare double honor: an "exemplary" rating from the Texas Education Agency, combined with a five-star rating from the..."

Feb. 11, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Teachers Unions File Suit
Believe Senate Bill 1882 will lead to "charterization" of public school system
"...The Texas American Federation of Teachers and Texas State Teachers Association..."

Sept. 7, 2018 News Feature by Austin Sanders

"...between the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District and the Texas Dept. of Transportation concerning planned construction of SH 45..."

Jan. 16, 2015 News Feature

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