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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. (credit: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

Texas AG: State Benefits For Same-Sex Partners Are Illegal

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has issued a general opinion on whether local municipalities and school districts can grant benefits to the domestic partners of employees — Abbott said if they do they’re breaking Texas law.

CBSDFW.COM–04/30/2013

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Texas Senate Votes To Overhaul Parent Trigger Law

The Texas Senate has approved legislation to expedite the parental right to close public schools or convert them into charter schools if they are under performing academically.

04/17/2013

Students read books in an elementary school. (credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Williams: Texas Will Get A-F School Rating System

The state’s top education official says he will direct Texas to rate schools and school districts based on letter grades A through F starting next year.

04/02/2013

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Texas Democrats Plan To Force Education Votes

How the state will pay for public schools will take center stage this week in the political theater known as the Texas Legislature. And it will likely remain there throughout the session.

02/10/2013

Snacks and drinks with higher nutritional value are displayed. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

USDA Wants “Smart Snacks” In School Vending Machines

When the USDA mandated new nutrition standards for meals served in schools, the amount of snacks sold in vending machines went up significantly. Officials are addressing the issue with a proposed new Smart Snacks in School rule.

CBSDFW.COM–02/06/2013

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Texas Lt. Gov. Calls For Gun Training For Teachers

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has called for state-funded specialized firearms training for teachers and administrators to guard against school shootings.

01/11/2013

New Dallas schools Superintendent Mike Miles. (credit: DISD)

DISD Audit Questions Hiring Practices & Moving Expenses

Possible wrongdoings by Dallas Independent School District (DISD) leaders are highlighted in the latest version of an internal audit. The report will be up for review at a meeting taking place Thursday.

CBSDFW.COM–01/08/2013

Empty school desks sit on a lawn. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

School Land Board Releases $300M For Texas Schools

The Texas School Land Board has voted 2-1 to release $300 million from the Available School Fund to the state’s public schools.

01/08/2013

Empty school desks sit on a lawn. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Frisco Population Growth Due In Part To School System

Families from across the state and nation are moving to the city of Frisco. While they all have their various reasons for packing up and heading out, many go to the city for one main reason: the schools.

CBS 11–12/12/2012

A woman takes a photo of the Texas Senate chamber during the 82nd Legislative session. (credit: Ben Sklar/Getty Images)

Straus Promises $2B In Extra Public-School Funding

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus says lawmakers will fund public schools this session enough to keep up with booming enrollment growth _ a $2 billion proposition.

12/08/2012

A student studies at his desk. (credit: Larry W. Smith/Getty Images)

State Witness Says Texas Schools ‘Above Average’

An education expert says Texas is “above average” compared to other states in public-school student performance.

12/06/2012

Students read books in an elementary school. (credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Plaintiffs Wrap Up Case In School Finance Trial

The more than 600 Texas school districts suing the state over funding are wrapping up their case.

12/05/2012

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