For Public Schools, What to Watch in Next Session

Texas lawmakers return in January with a new governor who touts public schools as a top priority, and plenty of money in the state bank account. But that doesn’t mean everything will go smoothly as the 84th Legislature navigates public education policy.

 
 

Regulators Pan Study on Methane Gas in Wells

Steve Lipsky shows the methane contamination of his well by igniting the gas with a lighter outside his family's home in Parker County near Weatherford on June 17.
Steve Lipsky shows the methane contamination of his well by igniting the gas with a lighter outside his family's home in Parker County near Weatherford on June 17.

No one disputes that high levels of methane have shown up in several Parker County water wells. But the source of the gas has stirred a heated debate involving homeowners, academics, the Railroad Commission and the EPA.

The Brief: Dec. 18, 2014

Jack Stick, the top lawyer for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
Jack Stick, the top lawyer for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

The awarding of a no-bid Medicaid fraud detection contract to the 21CT company continues to draw scrutiny with three separate news reports published Wednesday evening.

Dissecting Denton: How One City Banned Fracking

State lawmakers, the oil and gas industry and national environmental groups are asking deep questions about Denton, home to two universities, 277 gas wells and now, thanks to a rag-tag group of local activists, Texas’ first ban on hydraulic fracturing.
State lawmakers, the oil and gas industry and national environmental groups are asking deep questions about Denton, home to two universities, 277 gas wells and now, thanks to a rag-tag group of local activists, Texas’ first ban on hydraulic fracturing.

State lawmakers, the oil and gas industry and national environmental groups are asking deep questions about Denton, home to two universities, 277 gas wells and, now, thanks to a group of local activists, Texas’ first ban on fracking. 

UT-Austin Launches Center for Molding Athletes

University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers at a UT System Board of Regents meeting in Austin on Dec. 12, 2013.
University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers at a UT System Board of Regents meeting in Austin on Dec. 12, 2013.

The University of Texas at Austin announced on Monday it is launching a new center to help its players — and high school student athletes — develop life skills such as financial literacy and responsible decision making.