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State Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, listens to HB 5 education bill debate on the House floor on march 26, 2013.
State Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, listens to HB 5 education bill debate on the House floor on march 26, 2013.

Guest Column: Push Back Against "Do-Nothing" Crowd

Self-appointed "conservative" special-interest groups have intervened in some House races to exert political power. It's time for those of us who believe in truly conservative solutions to push back.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker at the Texas Democratic Party's convention in Houston on June 8, 2012.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker at the Texas Democratic Party's convention in Houston on June 8, 2012.

The Brief: Texas Political News for Nov. 21, 2013

Houston Mayor Annise Parker will move to extend health and life insurance benefits to same-sex legal spouses of city employees, despite a 2001 city charter amendment that was put to the voters specifically to prohibit the practice.

Education bill sponsors Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, l, and Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen chat after the signing of HB 5 education reform on June 10, 2013.
Education bill sponsors Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, l, and Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen chat after the signing of HB 5 education reform on June 10, 2013.

Education Chairmen Join Algebra II Fray at SBOE

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.

State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, spoke Wednesday as Texas charter school supporters rallied at the Texas Capitol to lobby the Legislature for more funding.
State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, spoke Wednesday as Texas charter school supporters rallied at the Texas Capitol to lobby the Legislature for more funding.

Texas House Backs Bill Expanding Charter Schools

UPDATED: A measure targeting a Turkish charter school network was added to major legislation from Senate Education Chairman Dan Patrick that would increase the number of publicly funded, privately operated schools as it passed the Texas House on Thursday, 105-34.

State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, spoke Wednesday as Texas charter school supporters rallied at the Texas Capitol to lobby the Legislature for more funding.
State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, spoke Wednesday as Texas charter school supporters rallied at the Texas Capitol to lobby the Legislature for more funding.

In Education Reform Debate, One Group Stands Out

Raise Your Hand Texas has been a key player this session, impacting bills like Sen. Dan Patrick's charter school legislation. The advocacy organization's influence in policy negotiations has won it both respect and exasperation in education circles.

Education consultant and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, l, visits with Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, before the Senate Education Committee on Feb. 27, 2013.
Education consultant and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, l, visits with Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, before the Senate Education Committee on Feb. 27, 2013.

Sweeping Effort to Expand Charter Schools Faces Hurdles

Sen. Dan Patrick's Senate Bill 2 is the most ambitious attempt to expand the state’s charter school system since it was established in 1995. It will have to pass a Legislature that defeated more modest proposals two years ago.