EDUCATION

Gov. Rick Perry and Juliet García of the University of Texas at Brownsville at a signing ceremony on July 16, 2013, for the merger of UT-Brownsville and UT-Pan American.
Gov. Rick Perry and Juliet García of the University of Texas at Brownsville at a signing ceremony on July 16, 2013, for the merger of UT-Brownsville and UT-Pan American.

Could On-Campus Jobs, Affordable Housing Lift Student Performance?

Longtime University of Texas at Brownsville President Juliet Garcia — currently focused on creating a new academic institute in South Texas — is proposing two innovative ways to increase retention and completion among at-risk college students: offering them Section 8 housing assistance and tying their federal financial aid to on-campus jobs. 

District Court Judge John Dietz of Austin is shown in his courtroom on Feb. 4, 2013, before he ruled that the state's school finance system was unconstitutional.
District Court Judge John Dietz of Austin is shown in his courtroom on Feb. 4, 2013, before he ruled that the state's school finance system was unconstitutional.

Abbott to Appeal School Finance Ruling to State Supreme Court

UPDATED: Attorney General Greg Abbott will appeal a ruling that the Texas school finance system is unconstitutional, according to a notice his office sent Friday to attorneys in the case. The appeal is set to go directly to the Texas Supreme Court.

Abbott to Appeal School Finance Ruling to State Supreme Court

District Court Judge John Dietz of Austin is shown in his courtroom on Feb. 4, 2013, before he ruled that the state's school finance system was unconstitutional.
District Court Judge John Dietz of Austin is shown in his courtroom on Feb. 4, 2013, before he ruled that the state's school finance system was unconstitutional.

UPDATED: Attorney General Greg Abbott will appeal a ruling that the Texas school finance system is unconstitutional, according to a notice his office sent Friday to attorneys in the case. The appeal is set to go directly to the Texas Supreme Court.

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The Brief: Sept. 24, 2014

Houston attorney Tony Buzbee, who leads Gov. Rick Perry's legal team, explains the felony indictments on August 18, 2014.
Houston attorney Tony Buzbee, who leads Gov. Rick Perry's legal team, explains the felony indictments on August 18, 2014.

The special prosecutor overseeing the criminal case against Gov. Rick Perry let his frustration be known on a request by Perry's attorneys to excuse him from appearing at an Oct. 13 pre-trial hearing.

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UT's Powers Calls for Rethinking How Tenure is Used

University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers is shown at the Dec. 12, 2013, UT System  Board of Regents meeting in Austin.
University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers is shown at the Dec. 12, 2013, UT System Board of Regents meeting in Austin.

In his state of the university address on Monday, University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers called for rethinking who gets tenure, a topic he acknowledged was something of a "third rail for discussion" in academic circles.

The Brief: Sept. 22, 2014

Land Commissioner candidate George P. Bush takes a question from the public at TribFest Sept. 19, 2014.
Land Commissioner candidate George P. Bush takes a question from the public at TribFest Sept. 19, 2014.

Texas politics was the big conversation in Austin and even outside the state with this weekend's Texas Tribune Festival.

At UH, Push for Tier One Prompts Praise, Questions

Renu Khator, president of the University of Houston and chancellor of the University of Houston System, at the Texas state Capitol on Sept. 15, 2014.
Renu Khator, president of the University of Houston and chancellor of the University of Houston System, at the Texas state Capitol on Sept. 15, 2014.

While the aggressive transformation of the University of Houston has drawn praise, it has also prompted questions about the college’s role in both the community and the university system.