Texas gubernatorial hopeful Greg Abbott held back from taking a position on private school vouchers or state education funding during a Wednesday appearance at a San Antonio charter school.Full Story
Morgan Smith reports on politics and education for the Tribune, which she joined in November 2009. She writes about the effects of the state budget, school finance reform, accountability and testing in Texas public schools. Her political coverage has included congressional and legislative races, as well as Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign, which she followed to Iowa and New Hampshire. In 2013, she received a National Education Writers Association award for "Death of a District," a series on school closures. After earning a bachelor's degree in English from Wellesley College, she moved to Austin in 2008 to enter law school at the University of Texas. A San Antonio native, her work has also appeared in Slate, where she spent a year as an editorial intern in Washington D.C.
Emphasizing her support for public schools could be a path to a competitive gubernatorial race for Democrat Wendy Davis. But with an education policy rollout planned of his own, Republican Greg Abbott has made clear he is not ready to let her dominate the issue.Full Story
Staples campaign says Texas Farm Bureau endorsement of Dewhurst is "an example of a lobby organization opting for the status quo."Full Story
In the first television spot of his campaign for lieutenant governor, Land Comissioner Jerry Patterson talks about "a strong Texas woman" — his mother. The commercial will run on Fox News and in major state markets.Full Story
The Pecos River has avoided some of the challenges faced by the state’s other waterways. But it has not been spared from the ecological changes brought by the manmade lakes bookending its passage through Texas.Full Story
The David Dewhurst campaign offers a civics lesson on the Texas Legislature and the responsibilities of the lieutenant governor — while showcasing the incumbent's conservative record in office — in a new web ad.Full Story
Greg Abbott will launch a series of education policy roundtables Tuesday in Plano, debuting what his campaign said would be a "major issue" for the campaign of the leading Republican candidate for governor.
Long rumored to be a contender, state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte has now made it official: She is running for lieutenant governor.Full Story
Becky Berger, a candidate for Texas railroad commissioner, this week criticized an environmental science textbook that is under review by the Texas Board of Education, muddling the book's path to final approval.
The State Board of Education on Friday denied an Arizona-based charter school's application for a Dallas campus, despite previous approval from the state's education commissioner.Full Story
Shifting from a previous proposal, the State Board of Education voted Thursday to require algebra II only for students who pursue an honors plan or a diploma specializing in math and science.Full Story
Two top state lawmakers made an unexpected visit Wednesday evening to urge the State Board of Education to follow their lead on which courses to require in high school graduation plans.Full Story
UPDATED: Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Wednesday announced another set of interim charges for state lawmakers to study before the 2015 legislative session, this time on issues of emergency preparedness and accident response.Full Story
The 15-member State Board of Education may decide to make algebra II a requirement for all students to receive a high school diploma — despite the wishes of the state Legislature.Full Story