For Strama, Education Interests Hit Close to Home

Bidness as Usual

This is one in a series of occasional stories about ethics and transparency in the part-time Texas Legislature.

State Rep. Mark Strama was not the lone dissenter in the Texas House during Tuesday’s almost 10-hour debate on House Bill 5. But the Austin Democrat did prove to be the bill’s most tenacious critic.

After offering eight amendments for consideration, he cast one of only two no votes against the comprehensive education legislation, which includes a provision aimed at allowing high school students the opportunity to pursue career training by reducing the number of math and science courses they must pass ...

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