TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 7/7

Over the last decade, Texas students have made steady progress on a number of academic measures. But in recent years, that improvement has begun to stall.

Stacked up against other states, Texas public schools could win the best-bang-for-your-buck competition. The state spends less than most others, and its students perform better than many. But the commitment to fiscal restraint has come with its own burdens for teachers.

Following the drowning of two foster children on Sunday, the Department of Family and Protective Services has halted placements by a state contractor that was responsible for overseeing the children’s care.

Nearly four years ...

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