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School Funding

Gov. Rick Perry has called the Legislature back for a third special session to approve more money for roads, but the main sticking point centers on what is the most conservative way to fund them without raising taxes (credit: by Jonathan Gibby/Getty Images)

Perry Says Schools Were Adequately Funded

Republican Gov. Rick Perry says Texas adequately funded public schools on his watch and still believes in offering in-state tuition rates to students who are living in the country without legal permission.

09/22/2014

A math teacher uses his white board to explain a sum to pupils. (credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Big School Finance Questions Remain

Pumping an extra $3.4 billion into Texas public schools didn’t convince a judge that the state is adequately funding classrooms. But how much more money it will take — and how those funds should be divvied up — isn’t likely to get sorted anytime soon.

08/29/2014

Greg Abbott-Wendy Davis

Education Emerging As Issue In Abbott-Davis Race

Classrooms in Texas are dramatically changing in 2014. So might education politics in the governor’s race. Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis continued trading barbs over public schools, despite neither yet unveiling an education platform.

12/11/2013

Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth. (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Fort Worth ISD Board Approves Proposition For Improvements

Fort Worth’s school board decided to put nearly half a billion dollars worth of projects on a ballot in November. Voters will have several choices to make — not only about how much they’ll spend but what they’ll spend it on.

CBS 11–08/23/2013

Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth. (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Judge: Texas School Finance Is Unconstitutional

A district court judge has ruled that the tax system Texas uses to finance public schools is unconstitutional.

02/04/2013

The Hippodrome Casino Opens After Extensive Renovation

Texas Gambling Supporters Ready Despite Long Odds

Supporters of casinos and expanded gambling in Texas say they’re more united before the upcoming legislative session, but their proposals will still face long odds.

12/26/2012

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

Budget Board Sets $77.9 Billion Limit On State

The Texas Legislative Budget Board has set a $77.9 billion cap on state spending in the 2014-15 budget year, a 10 percent increase.

11/15/2012

Education

Expert: Schools Need $8B In Extra Funding Per Year

A school finance expert says Texas needs to spend at least an additional $8 billion annually to ensure its students meet tough new academic standards.

10/30/2012

Students interact with their teacher during class. (credit: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images)

Study: Data Shows Texas Student Performance Lagging

Texas students overall just aren’t “getting it” in the classroom, according to a new study that challenges the state’s policy on student achievement.

CBSDFW.COM–10/29/2012

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

State Funding For Public Education Is “Hopelessly Broken”

Attorneys for hundreds of Texas school districts are telling a judge that state funding for public education is “hopelessly broken.”

10/22/2012

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

More State Schools Giving $ To “Robin Hood” Finance System

A record number of Texas school districts now have to give up money to the state. According to the Texas Education Agency, an additional 23 state school districts are now considered property wealthy.

CBSDFW.COM–09/12/2012

A teacher takes questions from his class. (credit: Chris Hondros/Newsmakers)

Board Member Supports Year-Round School Schedule

If one Dallas Independent School District (DISD) board member has his way students will move to a year-round school schedule. The idea comes from new DISD board member Mike Morath.

01/10/2012

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