Parents are opening their pocketbooks to fund everything from outdoor classrooms to extra teaching positions in public schools when state and district money falls short. But the influx of private dollars concerns civil rights advocates who say it only exacerbates existing inequities in the public school system.
Most Texans are used to weather-related power outages, but they're probably not aware of the danger they pose to the state's massive petrochemical plants, which at times must send thousands of pounds of chemical vapors into the air.
In his newest commercial, U.S. Rep. Francisco Canseco, R-San Antonio, skips any mention of his actual election opponent — Democrat Pete Gallego of Alpine — and goes after the Obama administration on energy policy.
Gov. Rick Perry on Monday renewed a call for 10 percent of state higher education funding to be based on institutions' graduation totals. House Higher Ed Chairman Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, wants to take that proposal even further.
At the 2012 Texas Tribune Festival, I talked to Dr. Kyle Janek, executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission, and Chris Traylor, deputy chief commissioner, about the future of state health policy.
Thanks to a new law, a consortium of school districts could offer a new way forward as policymakers address the increasingly heated opposition to the state's high-stakes standardized test-based accountability system.
Gov. Ann Richards surrendered much of her freedom after taking office, Jan Reid writes in Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards. This excerpt looks at her busy schedule and her difficult working relationship with Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock.
In an SD-10 ad spot, Republican Mark Shelton accuses incumbent Democrat Wendy Davis of supporting higher taxes, taking campaign contributions from personal injury lawyers and "peddling her influence as a state senator."
For this week's nonscientific survey of government and political insiders, we asked about tax reform, swapping local property taxes for something else, and whether voters and legislators are on the same page on casinos.