Tribpedia: Public Education

More tax dollars are spent on public education than on any other governmental program in the state. Public elementary and secondary education in Texas is financed by a combination of state, local, and federal revenue, a system that has produced inequities among the state's 1,030 traditional school districts and 207 charter operators.

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Mike Floyd, a senior at Dawson High School in Pearland, on May 16, 2017. Floyd recently ran for and won a seat on the Pearland ISD school board. 
<p><span>Mike Floyd, a senior at Dawson High School in Pearland, on May 16, 2017. Floyd recently ran for and won a seat on the Pearland ISD school board.&nbsp;</span></p>

Mike Floyd’s first job after graduating high school? Helping run a school district

A high school senior reflects on his unlikely victory over an incumbent school board member, and what his generation is bringing to Texas politics.

After signing it into law on May 25, Gov. Greg Abbott displays Senate Bill 7, which&nbsp;toughens the penalties for inappropriate student-teacher relationships. In the background: Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath, State Rep. Gary VanDeaver, R-New Boston, Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, State Rep. Tony Dale, R-Cedar Park and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.&nbsp;
<p>After signing it into law on May 25, Gov. Greg Abbott displays Senate Bill 7, which&nbsp;toughens the penalties for inappropriate student-teacher relationships. In the background: Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath, State Rep. Gary VanDeaver, R-New Boston, Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, State Rep. Tony Dale, R-Cedar Park and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.&nbsp;</p>

Abbott signs crackdown on inappropriate student-teacher relationships

The bill Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law on Thursday requires principals and superintendents to report cases of teachers having inappropriate relationships with students or face a state jail felony or a fine of up to $10,000. 

State Rep. Helen Giddings, D-Desoto, holds up a sample of a piece of cheese given to students who lack money to pay for school lunches in Dallas area schools during a personal privilege speech on the House floor May 9, 2017, where she chastised House Freedom Caucus members for killing her bill on school lunches for poor kids.&nbsp;
<p>State Rep. Helen Giddings, D-Desoto, holds up a sample of a piece of cheese given to students who lack money to pay for school lunches in Dallas area schools during a personal privilege speech on the House floor May 9, 2017, where she chastised House Freedom Caucus members for killing her bill on school lunches for poor kids.&nbsp;</p>

House backs Giddings measure targeting "lunch shaming"

After several failed attempts and compromises during the legislative session, Rep. Helen Giddings finally succeeded in getting the House to pass a measure that targets "lunch shaming" in schools.

State&nbsp;Rep. Helen Giddings, D-De Soto, speaks during a press conference regarding the "lunch shaming" bill on May 23, 2017.
<p>State&nbsp;<span>Rep. Helen Giddings, D-De Soto, speaks during a press conference regarding the "lunch shaming" bill on May 23, 2017.</span></p>

Lawmaker announces donation page to address “lunch shaming”

Rep. Helen Giddings announced the launch of a donation page that allows the public to contribute money to clear the debt of schools that feed schoolchildren when their lunch accounts are empty.

Representatives look at the board as a vote is taken on a bill amendment that&nbsp;would require schools to provide single-stall restrooms, locker rooms and changing facilities to students who don't want to use facilities designated by &ldquo;biological sex"&nbsp;at the state Capitol&nbsp;on Sunday, May 21, 2017.
<p><span>Representatives look at the board as a vote is taken on a bill amendment that&nbsp;would require schools to provide single-stall restrooms, locker rooms and changing facilities to students who don't want to use facilities designated by &ldquo;biological sex"&nbsp;at the state Capitol&nbsp;on Sunday, May 21, 2017.</span></p>

Texas business leaders stayed neutral on "bathroom" amendment

Pro-business forces, which had for months warned that a "bathroom bill" could be disastrous for the state's bottom line, held their fire during Sunday's debate over a bill amendment dealing with the controversial issue.

State Rep. Helen Giddings, D-Desoto, holds up a sample of a piece of cheese given to students who lack money to pay for school lunches in Dallas area schools during a personal privilege speech on the House floor May 9, 2017, where she chastised House Freedom Caucus members for killing her bill on school lunches for poor kids.&nbsp;
<p>State Rep. Helen Giddings, D-Desoto, holds up a sample of a piece of cheese given to students who lack money to pay for school lunches in Dallas area schools during a personal privilege speech on the House floor May 9, 2017, where she chastised House Freedom Caucus members for killing her bill on school lunches for poor kids.&nbsp;</p>

School lunch bill revived as an amendment; no longer mandatory

After being denied by the House Freedom Caucus multiple times, a measure to let schools give meals to students without money in their accounts was revived as an amendment to another bill.

The Texas House of Representatives continues the budget debate into the late afternoon Thursday on April 6, 2017.
<p><span>The Texas House of Representatives continues the budget debate into the late afternoon Thursday on April 6, 2017.</span></p>

Watch as the Texas House debates school finance bill

We're livestreaming as the Texas House debates legislation aimed at boosting per-student funding for almost every school district and charter in the state.

Nicholas Nunez, 4, sits with his mother, Elizabeth Trejo, while he receives his shots at the Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County in Fort Worth on August 30, 2013.
Nicholas Nunez, 4, sits with his mother, Elizabeth Trejo, while he receives his shots at the Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County in Fort Worth on August 30, 2013.

Texas parents fear being outed for seeking vaccine exemptions

Under House Bill 2249, the state would require reports on the number of vaccine exemptions at each public school. But parents say it could make it easier for people to publicly shame them for not vaccinating their children. 

State Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, discussed higher education issues during a Texas Tribune event on April 4, 2017. Seliger is chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee.&nbsp;
<p>State Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, discussed higher education issues during a Texas Tribune event on April 4, 2017. Seliger is chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee.&nbsp;</p>

Senate panel weighs alternate graduation route for students who fail exams

The Texas Senate Education Committee heard Tuesday from supporters, and a few critics, of a bill that would make permanent a 2015 law that allows students to graduate even if they haven't passed their required exams by going before a graduation committee.