Patrick, Ratliff Set to Debate CSCOPE

State Board of Education member-elect Thomas Ratliffe speaks to a special hearing on history in the Capitol Extension.
State Board of Education member-elect Thomas Ratliffe speaks to a special hearing on history in the Capitol Extension.

State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, and State Board of Education member Thomas Ratliff will spar on Saturday over CSCOPE, the controversial curriculum tool used by Texas public schools that became a political football during the 2013 legislative session.

UT System Regents Select Foster as New Chairman

The Board of Regents meeting for The University of Texas System on Feb. 14, 2013 at Ashbell Smith Hall.
The Board of Regents meeting for The University of Texas System on Feb. 14, 2013 at Ashbell Smith Hall.

The University of Texas System regents concluded their annual August meeting by reshuffling the board's leadership, selecting Paul Foster, a businessman from El Paso, as their new chairman.

Missouri Secretary of State Asks Perry to Stay Away

Gov. Rick Perry speaks to media after the groundbreaking ceremony of the Teletón USA children's rehabilitation center in San Antonio on Aug. 6, 2013.
Gov. Rick Perry speaks to media after the groundbreaking ceremony of the Teletón USA children's rehabilitation center in San Antonio on Aug. 6, 2013.

In a letter to Gov. Rick Perry, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has asked the governor to reconsider his visit to that state next week to recruit jobs and instead urge him to focus on creating jobs in Texas.

Review Complete Texas CSCOPE Lessons Online

We've obtained the complete set of curriculum content produced by CSCOPE. Review the more than 10,000 lessons in social studies, science, math and language arts for yourself in our searchable interactive to see what the controversy is — or isn't — about.

Crowded Race for Comptroller Taking Shape

GOP candidates for state comptroller. Clockwise, from top left: former gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina, former state Rep. Raul Torres, state Sen. Glenn Hegar and state Rep. Harvey Hilderbran.
GOP candidates for state comptroller. Clockwise, from top left: former gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina, former state Rep. Raul Torres, state Sen. Glenn Hegar and state Rep. Harvey Hilderbran.

Four Republicans are vying to replace outgoing state Comptroller Susan Combs, and at least one Democrat may join the race soon, too.  

With Spotlight on Cruz, Doggett Touts Health Care Law

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U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, urges Texas leaders to accept Medicaid expansion as U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, and then-San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro listen on April 1, 2013.
U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, urges Texas leaders to accept Medicaid expansion as U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, and then-San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro listen on April 1, 2013.

As U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz brought his effort to defund the Affordable Care Act to Texas this week, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, tried to drump up support for the law during a visit to East Austin.

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