EDUCATION

House Public Education Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, pulled down a school finance bill during the 84th legislative session on May 14, 2015.
House Public Education Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, pulled down a school finance bill during the 84th legislative session on May 14, 2015.

Texas Lawmakers to Highlight Education Spending Divide

The state’s escalating dependence on local tax dollars to fund public schools — and, at least indirectly, other government services — is expected to be a focus during a joint hearing of two House committees Wednesday and Thursday.

The Dripping Springs Independent School District Board held a public hearing regarding the policy allowing for a transgender third-grade student at Walnut Springs Elementary to use the girls' bathroom in accordance with her gender identity on Monday, September 26, 2016.
The Dripping Springs Independent School District Board held a public hearing regarding the policy allowing for a transgender third-grade student at Walnut Springs Elementary to use the girls' bathroom in accordance with her gender identity on Monday, September 26, 2016.

In Dripping Springs, Parents Weigh In on Bathroom Debate

Walnut Springs Elementary School's decision to allow a transgender student, born a boy, to use girls' bathrooms sparked contentious debate during a Monday night meeting of the Dripping Springs School Board.

Ken Starr, former president of Baylor University, pushed back against the notion that the school has systemic problems handling sexual assault investigations. Starr also offered support for Art Briles, Baylor’s ousted football coach. 

Ken Starr: “I have great confidence" in Art Briles (Video)

Ken Starr, former president of Baylor University, pushed back against the notion that the school has systemic problems handling sexual assault investigations. Starr also offered support for Art Briles, Baylor’s ousted football coach. 

Ken Starr, former chancellor and president of Baylor University, was interviewed by Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 24, 2016.
Ken Starr, former chancellor and president of Baylor University, was interviewed by Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 24, 2016.

Starr: Sexual Assault at Baylor Not "an Endemic Problem"

Former Baylor University President Ken Starr pushed back Saturday against the notion that the school — or its athletic department — has systemic problems with its handling of sexual assault allegations. 

 

In Dripping Springs, Parents Weigh In on Bathroom Debate

The Dripping Springs Independent School District Board held a public hearing regarding the policy allowing for a transgender third-grade student at Walnut Springs Elementary to use the girls' bathroom in accordance with her gender identity on Monday, September 26, 2016.
The Dripping Springs Independent School District Board held a public hearing regarding the policy allowing for a transgender third-grade student at Walnut Springs Elementary to use the girls' bathroom in accordance with her gender identity on Monday, September 26, 2016.

Walnut Springs Elementary School's decision to allow a transgender student, born a boy, to use girls' bathrooms sparked contentious debate during a Monday night meeting of the Dripping Springs School Board.

Ken Starr: “I have great confidence" in Art Briles (Video)

Ken Starr, former president of Baylor University, pushed back against the notion that the school has systemic problems handling sexual assault investigations. Starr also offered support for Art Briles, Baylor’s ousted football coach. 

Ken Starr, former president of Baylor University, pushed back against the notion that the school has systemic problems handling sexual assault investigations. Starr also offered support for Art Briles, Baylor’s ousted football coach. 

Starr: Sexual Assault at Baylor Not "an Endemic Problem"

Ken Starr, former chancellor and president of Baylor University, was interviewed by Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 24, 2016.
Ken Starr, former chancellor and president of Baylor University, was interviewed by Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 24, 2016.

Former Baylor University President Ken Starr pushed back Saturday against the notion that the school — or its athletic department — has systemic problems with its handling of sexual assault allegations. 

 

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Rice’s Band Has a History of Poking the Bear (and Other Mascots)

Rice University' Marching Owl Band forms into "IX," a reference to Title IX rules governing sexual discrimination at colleges, while performing a halftime show mocking Baylor University for its recent sexual assault scandal during a football game on Sept. 16, 2016.
Rice University' Marching Owl Band forms into "IX," a reference to Title IX rules governing sexual discrimination at colleges, while performing a halftime show mocking Baylor University for its recent sexual assault scandal during a football game on Sept. 16, 2016.

Rice University's marching band made headlines nationwide Friday by taunting Baylor over its sexual assault scandal. The attention is hardly new for the marching band, which has a history of courting controversy.

Ed Board Blames Lege for Mexican-American Studies Textbook

Hispanic activists, advocates and elected officials protested a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook on Tuesday ahead of the Texas Board of Education's first public hearing on the text. Scholars who have reviewed it say it is riddled with factual errors and offensive ethnic stereotypes.
Hispanic activists, advocates and elected officials protested a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook on Tuesday ahead of the Texas Board of Education's first public hearing on the text. Scholars who have reviewed it say it is riddled with factual errors and offensive ethnic stereotypes.

Hispanic advocates, activists and elected officials from across the state on Tuesday called on the Texas Board of Education to reject a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook they blasted as racist.

Fenves Announces $15 Million in Aid for UT-Austin Students

University of Texas at Austin President Greg Fenves talks with attendees after his state of the university address on Sept. 13, 2016.
University of Texas at Austin President Greg Fenves talks with attendees after his state of the university address on Sept. 13, 2016.

During his annual state of the university speech, University of Texas at Austin President Greg Fenves announced plans to increase financial aid for middle-class students and cultivate diversity among faculty and students. 

Rice University Band Mocks Baylor Sexual Assault Scandal

Rice University' Marching Owl Band forms into "IX," a reference to Title IX rules governing sexual discrimination at colleges, while performing a halftime show mocking Baylor University for its recent sexual assault scandal during a football game on Sept. 16, 2016.
Rice University' Marching Owl Band forms into "IX," a reference to Title IX rules governing sexual discrimination at colleges, while performing a halftime show mocking Baylor University for its recent sexual assault scandal during a football game on Sept. 16, 2016.

Rice University's marching band used its halftime performance in a Friday night football game against Baylor University to mock Baylor's recent sexual assault scandal.

The Daily Show Visits Texas to Cover Campus Carry Dildo Protest

The Daily Show visited Texas to cover a protest of campus carry that featured students at the University of Texas at Austin carrying dildos. Here, Open Carry Texas Founder C.J. Grisham holds a sex toy handed to him by Daily Show Correspondent Roy Wood Jr.
The Daily Show visited Texas to cover a protest of campus carry that featured students at the University of Texas at Austin carrying dildos. Here, Open Carry Texas Founder C.J. Grisham holds a sex toy handed to him by Daily Show Correspondent Roy Wood Jr.

The Daily Show, Comedy Central's satirical news program, visited the University of Texas at Austin to cover the eye-popping protest of the state's campus carry law.