Texas Teachers Rally For Funding In AustinTeachers across North Texas are not ready for their Spring Break vacations just yet. They are getting ready to march on Austin to fight for more money and better safety for their schools.
School Activists Gather At State CapitolA small group of demonstrators chanting "more funding now!" has gathered in front of the Texas Capitol to call for restoring $5.4 billion in cuts to public education approved by the Legislature in 2011.
Combs To Testify At Senate Budget HearingTexas Comptroller Susan Combs is scheduled to testify in a state Senate budget hearing to explain her projection that the state has made a strong rebound from the recession.
Ruling Expected Monday In School Finance CaseA ruling is imminent after months of testimony in Texas' sweeping school finance trial. The trial began Oct. 22 and involves lawsuits filed on behalf of about two-thirds of public school districts statewide.
Straus Says Texas Needs More Than Tax CutsHouse Speaker Joe Straus said that Texas needs more than tax cuts in order to thrive, and said that investments in education, infrastructure and water sources are also needed.
Community Colleges Worry About Texas BudgetTexas community colleges have been experiencing a historic growth spurt but might be forced to increase class sizes and lay off employees without additional state funding, some school leaders said.
Panel To Discuss Higher Education FundingThe battle for higher-education dollars begins as the Senate Finance Committee hears testimony on the funding needs of four state university systems.
Education Chief Says Funding Talks On HoldTexas Education Commissioner Michael Williams told the Senate Finance Committee that it was premature to discuss public school funding until its court case is settled.
State Budget Writers Take Up School FundingState lawmakers are digging into education funding as the Legislature returns to business after a nearly weeklong break.
Vouchers Could Save Texas $2 Billion Per YearTexas public schools could save up to $2 billion annually if the state allows families to use public funding on private schooling, a school vouchers advocate testified Tuesday at the ongoing school finance trial.
Texas Budget Debate BeginsThe comptroller has laid out the revenue numbers, Republican lawmakers have introduced budget proposals and Democrats and lobbyists have compiled lists of demands. Let the budget battle begin.
Expert Says Money Doesn't Make Better SchoolsAn expert witness in the lawsuit over funding for Texas public schools testified Wednesday that more spending does not necessarily lead to better student performance.
School Finance Trial Shifts Focus To EfficiencyThe lawsuit challenging how Texas public schools receive funding is entering a new phase focused on efficiency.
$18.9 Million Needed To Keep 20 State ParksTexas might have to close 20 of its 95 state parks unless the Legislature approves $18.9 million in additional funding, wildlife officials said.
Dewhurst & Williams To Lay Out Budget DraftTexas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Senate Finance Chairman Tommy Williams are expected to lay out the draft state budget, revealing the Republican leaders' spending priorities for the next two years.