Texas teachers raise their hands during the Save Our Schools rally at the Texas Capitol on March 12, 2011
Texas teachers raise their hands during the Save Our Schools rally at the Texas Capitol on March 12, 2011

Texas school districts struggle to recruit bilingual certified teachers

As more students enroll in bilingual education programs in schools across Texas, districts have budgeted for a smaller workforce of bilingual certified educators, according to data in the Tribune's Public Schools Explorer.

 
State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, answers a question during a panel discussion on Jan. 31, 2017.
State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, answers a question during a panel discussion on Jan. 31, 2017.

Austin senator — a Baylor alum — takes aim at university sexual assault

Sen. Kirk Watson's proposed bills would require universities to provide an anonymous online sexual assault reporting process and would prohibit administrators from punishing victims who reveal they were drinking underage at the time of an attack.

Austin senator — a Baylor alum — takes aim at university sexual assault

State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, answers a question during a panel discussion on Jan. 31, 2017.
State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, answers a question during a panel discussion on Jan. 31, 2017.

Sen. Kirk Watson's proposed bills would require universities to provide an anonymous online sexual assault reporting process and would prohibit administrators from punishing victims who reveal they were drinking underage at the time of an attack.

 

The Brief: How do Texans really feel about Donald Trump?

Des Moines, Iowa USA January 28, 2016: New York businessman Donald Trump rallies a crowd of veterans at Drake University while other Republican presidential candidates hold a final Des Moines debate prior to next week's caucuses.
Des Moines, Iowa USA January 28, 2016: New York businessman Donald Trump rallies a crowd of veterans at Drake University while other Republican presidential candidates hold a final Des Moines debate prior to next week's caucuses.

Texas Republicans like Donald Trump — a lot. More than 80 percent of Republicans surveyed in the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll approve of Trump's work so far. 

House committee hears bills on child welfare

Mercedes Bristol, 62, of San Antonio, at the Capitol with her five grandchildren after testifying to the House Human Services Committee on Feb. 20, 2017.
Mercedes Bristol, 62, of San Antonio, at the Capitol with her five grandchildren after testifying to the House Human Services Committee on Feb. 20, 2017.

Advocates and families testified all day in front of House Human Services members as legislators buckled down to look at key bills that would overhaul how the state takes care of endangered children.

Solutions: What Texas can do to help child sex-trafficking victims

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Rep. Senfronia Thompson D-Houston and Sen. Joan Huffman R-Houston during a press conference on Jan 12, 2017.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Rep. Senfronia Thompson D-Houston and Sen. Joan Huffman R-Houston during a press conference on Jan 12, 2017.

Over the past week, we’ve exposed how Texas leaders who crusade against sex trafficking have done almost nothing to help child trafficking victims. We asked those closest to the issue how they would begin addressing the problem. Here's what they said.

Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, dies at 69

Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff known as Jane Roe in the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling legalizing abortion in the United States, swings in a Smithville park on July 15, 2011.
Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff known as Jane Roe in the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling legalizing abortion in the United States, swings in a Smithville park on July 15, 2011.

Norma McCorvey, a complicated protagonist in a legal case that became a touchstone in the culture wars, died Saturday at age 69 at an assisted-living facility in Katy.