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Texas Legislature 2019

“Guns and safety aren’t synonymous for us”: Some black Texans fear plans to arm more teachers

Black students, who are already overrepresented in disciplinary referrals, say their fears come as lawmakers consider a slew of bills to expand the state's school marshal program in response to a deadly shooting last year.

Students at Round Rock High School Ahmir Johnson, left, and Addison Savors, right, at school on April 26, 2019. The expansio…

Texas Legislature 2019

The 86th Legislature runs from Jan. 8 to May 27. From the state budget to health care to education policy — and the politics behind it all — we focus on what Texans need to know about the biennial legislative session.

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“I would be a little bit more cautious and keep my eyes open if I knew my teacher had a weapon on them. In fact, I would be more focused on that than actually learning.”

— Addison Favors, Round Rock High School junior
Addison Savors, a junior at Round Rock High school, sings in his choir class on April 26, 2019. The expansion of the marshal…
Students at Round Rock High School Addison Savors, left, and Ahmir Johnson, right, at school on April 26, 2019. The expansio…

“The next best thing”

Senate moves to expand controversial program

“It’s terrifying to imagine what could happen”

Dr. Courtney Robinson, founder of the the Excellence and Advancement Foundation, hopes to provide services to break the scho…

Implicit bias and lingering hesitations

Ahmir Johnson, a Round Rock High School senior, at school on April 26, 2019. The expansion of the marshal program could be t…

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