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Lawmakers Propose Pre-K Incentive Payment System

Students in Pre-K teacher Josefina Pineda's class sing to practice their language skills at the Dallas Independent School District Cesar Chavez Learning Center in Dallas, Texas.
Students in Pre-K teacher Josefina Pineda's class sing to practice their language skills at the Dallas Independent School District Cesar Chavez Learning Center in Dallas, Texas.

Two lawmakers in the Texas House have presented a plan for a major overhaul of early education in the state. The measure would create an incentive payment system for school districts offering full-day pre-kindergarten programs. 

Trey Martinez-Fischer, D-San Antonio, in legislative action at the Texas Capitol during the 83rd Legislative Session in the spring and summer of 2013.
Trey Martinez-Fischer, D-San Antonio, in legislative action at the Texas Capitol during the 83rd Legislative Session in the spring and summer of 2013.

Analysis: Is That Any Way to Attract Gringos?

State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, speaking at the Texas Democratic Party convention on Friday night, referred to the GOP as "Gringos y Otros Pendejos." The line drew gasps and laughter from the audience and sputtering anger from conservatives on social media.

Red River Rivalry Fundraising a Growing Trend

The Longhorns and Sooners won't be the only ones looking for a win this weekend in Dallas. More than 30 Texas legislators are hoping to turn the Red River Rivalry game into campaign cash. Fundraising around the rivalry game is a growing trend that attracts legislators from around the state. 

Pre-kindergarten students in Josefina Pineda's classroom do the hokey-pokey at the Dallas Independent School District's Cesar Chavez Learning Center.
Pre-kindergarten students in Josefina Pineda's classroom do the hokey-pokey at the Dallas Independent School District's Cesar Chavez Learning Center.

Re-examining High School's Senior Year to Benefit Pre-K

With the help of a new law, the Dallas Independent School District is designing a pilot program that will create a new three-year high school diploma plan and funnel money saved by quicker completions into expanding pre-kindergarten offerings. 

Report Urges Reduced Punishment for Prostitution

A new report out Tuesday urges lawmakers to approve less harsh penalties for prostitution and send more defendants to diversion and intervention programs. Advocates argue it will save the state money. And they say prison is not the appropriate place for people charged with prostitution, who are often victims themselves.