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Susan Pinker: Can Students Have Too Much Tech?

PRESIDENT OBAMA’s domestic agenda, which he announced in his State of the Union address this month, has a lot to like: health care, maternity leave, affordable college. But there was one thing he got wrong. As part of his promise to educate American children for an increasingly competitive world, he vowed to “protect a free and open Internet” and “extend its reach to every classroom and every community.”

Top House Lawmaker's Daughter to Step Down as Lobbyist

Following attacks from conservative activists over a possible conflict of interest, House Public Education Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock announced Friday that his daughter would step down from her role as an education lobbyist for the upcoming legislative session.

Sen. Donna Campbell Wants to Ban Foreign Control of Alamo

One state lawmaker wants the world to remember this about the Alamo: It belongs to Texas. A legislative proposal by state Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, would ban any foreign entity from owning, controlling or managing the Alamo complex.

School Choice Supporters to Gather at Capitol

As pressure mounts for Texas lawmakers to pass a private school voucher program, educators, parents, students and other advocates will gather Friday at the Capitol for what's being billed as the state's largest-ever school choice rally.

The Brief: Another Rally Closes Out the Week at Capitol

In a week where the news was driven to a large degree by rallies on the Capitol grounds — from open carry activists to anti-Muslim protesters — it's perhaps fitting that the week closes with another one. This time, it's school choice activists who will be marching on the Capitol in what's being touted as the largest-ever school choice rally in Texas.

Central Texas teachers often struggle becoming certified

  • suggested by John Reynolds

"I think we need to find teachers that can get over that bar," said State Representative, Jimmie Don Aycock, who chairs the House Education Committee, which looks for ways to improve teacher quality.  "I think the committee will be charged with looking at what is appropriate for probationary certification and how far you continue that probation, in general, but I think there certainly logically should be some limit to that," he continued.

Rand Paul Taps Texas GOP Chairman as Adviser

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has tapped a Texan who could shore up his bona fides in a key state for Republican presidential hopefuls. Weighing a 2016 run, Paul, R-Ky., has added Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri as a senior adviser.

More Groundwork for GOP's Strategy on Obama, Immigration

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Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy sent House Republicans a legislative memo Thursday, laying out a February agenda of repealing Obamacare, taking on unfunded mandates, and permanently providing a tax deduction for charitable giving.

2 Houston-area charter schools on chopping block

State officials have ordered the shuttering of three Texas charter schools - including two in the Houston area — because of alleged failures to comply with the state's education code or provisions of their own charters.

$20 billion in cuts speak to state of oil firm finances

HOUSTON – The year's first wave of major oil company financial reports sent more dark clouds over the oil patch Thursday, with news of $20 billion in combined spending cuts, profit losses and a growing pricing standoff between oil producers and the companies that drill and service their wells.