School officials are accessing other grants, pulling from local taxpayer dollars and diverting funding from different parts of their budgets to meet state pre-K requirements. They’re making things work for now, but they anticipate problems.
Harrold Independent School District was the first of many Texas districts — mostly in rural or isolated areas — to arm educators and other employees to prevent a potential school shooting. "I don't want to be anybody's victim," the school's superintendent says.
The bill, which Granger hopes to submit by the end of next week, would fully fund the installation of metal detectors for interested schools. Granger said her proposal is only part of the solution — "everything is on the table."
Hundreds of Texas students have engaged in walkouts following a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead. Students said this response is largely due to the example Parkland survivors have been setting.
House District 47 was drawn to be a conservative stronghold in the liberal Austin area. But Texas political experts say rising frustration with President Donald Trump in a district he won by fewer than 200 votes, could change things.
After the governor released multiple attack ads against her in her Republican primary race, state Rep. Sarah Davis, R-West University Place, said she might "just not vote" in Gov. Greg Abbott's race for re-election this year.
CJ Grisham, a candidate challenging state Rep. Hugh Shine in the Republican primary, wrote Facebook posts suggesting violent responses to excessive force by police. But Grisham told The Texas Tribune he would "take a bullet for good cops."
Districts often say they will only hire uncertified teachers for career and technology courses. But because there are no state restrictions, some experts are concerned that uncertified educators will teach core classes.