Tribpedia: Jimmie Don Aycock

The Brief: Leadership Moves Toward Deal on Legislative Priorities

Timothy Mateer straightens napkins at the table in the Lt. Governor's Reception Room where Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Joe Straus and Gov. Greg Abbott will meet April 29, 2015 for their weekly leadership breakfast.
Timothy Mateer straightens napkins at the table in the Lt. Governor's Reception Room where Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Joe Straus and Gov. Greg Abbott will meet April 29, 2015 for their weekly leadership breakfast.

Amid the spectacle of bills dying in the House as part of Democrats' concerted effort to take out a controversial gay marriage bill came news that the legislative leadership might be close to hammering out a deal to resolve their major outstanding conflicts.

Students arrive in caps & gowns to Texas Capitol on April 6th, 2015. The Senate sub-committee on border security will listen to testimony on SB #1819 relating to determination of resident status of students by public institutions of higher education
Students arrive in caps & gowns to Texas Capitol on April 6th, 2015. The Senate sub-committee on border security will listen to testimony on SB #1819 relating to determination of resident status of students by public institutions of higher education

The Brief: 2 Percent of Texas Higher Ed Students Are Undocumented

For all the talk about undocumented immigrants qualifying for in-state tuition at Texas colleges and universities, it turns out that these students make up a very small portion of the college-going population.

House Public Education Committee chair Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, on the floor during House Bill 1 debate March 31, 2015.
House Public Education Committee chair Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, on the floor during House Bill 1 debate March 31, 2015.

School Finance Plan Praised in Capitol Hearing

A plan to overhaul the state’s public education funding system from a top House lawmaker received largely favorable reviews from school districts during a marathon legislative hearing that ended late Tuesday night.

State Rep. John Otto, R-Dayton, carries literature laying out House Bill 1 as he prepares to discuss the appropriations bill on the House floor March 31, 2015.
State Rep. John Otto, R-Dayton, carries literature laying out House Bill 1 as he prepares to discuss the appropriations bill on the House floor March 31, 2015.

Budget Debate Tackles School Funding, Incentive Programs

With more than 350 proposed amendments before then, the Texas House is likely to go well into the evening before getting to a final vote on the $210 billion budget. Early discussions addressed school funding and incentive programs. Use our livestream, courtesy of the Texas Legislature, to watch the debate.

Rep. John Otto R-Dayton, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, during Tribune Conversation event on February 12th, 2015
Rep. John Otto R-Dayton, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, during Tribune Conversation event on February 12th, 2015

Otto Touts Plan to Simplify School Finance System

The House’s chief budget writer on Thursday praised a proposal to overhaul the school finance system by grouping the state’s 1,026 regular school districts into a few "school finance districts" — a tax move aimed at equalizing per-student funding statewide. 

 

 

Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen listens to HB5 debate in House on March 26th, 2013. There are currently 165 amendments to the bill and debate is expected to go well into the night
Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen listens to HB5 debate in House on March 26th, 2013. There are currently 165 amendments to the bill and debate is expected to go well into the night

Education Chairman Calls for School Finance Discussion

State Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, the chairman of the House Public Education Committee, said Texas lawmakers shouldn't wait for the outcome of a sprawling school finance lawsuit to discuss changes to the state's public education funding system.

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 is time for those of us who believe in truly conservative solutions to push back.

Hank Warner teaches a pre-advanced placement algebra course for ninth graders at Bowie High School in Austin.
Hank Warner teaches a pre-advanced placement algebra course for ninth graders at Bowie High School in Austin.

SBOE Retreats From Algebra II in High School Grad Plans

Despite an initial proposal that had included algebra II in all five high school diploma plans created as part of a legislative overhaul in May, the State Board of Education voted Thursday to require the advanced math course only for students who specialize in math and science.

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.