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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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick speaks during a rally at the Capitol for school choice January 24, 2017. Both Gov. Greg Abbott and Patrick spoke in favor of expanding school choice options. Students, educators, activists and parents marched on the south lawn to show their support for expanding school choice options during National School Choice Week.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick speaks during a rally at the Capitol for school choice January 24, 2017. Both Gov. Greg Abbott and Patrick spoke in favor of expanding school choice options. Students, educators, activists and parents marched on the south lawn to show their support for expanding school choice options during National School Choice Week.

Dan Patrick asked for a House vote on school choice. He got it.

Top House education official Dan Huberty has said private school choice is dead in the House. Representatives showed they overwhelmingly support that sentiment, in a 103-44 budget amendment vote.

Kara DaRocha of Houston was among several parents who attended The Texas Tribune's roundtable discussion event on public education at the University of Houston-Downtown. DaRocha urged legislators to reach out to their constituents. “We can’t always go to them, especially if we don’t live in Austin,” DaRocha said. “That’s just not a realistic expectation for many of us parents.”
<p dir="ltr"><span>Kara DaRocha of Houston was among several parents who attended The Texas Tribune's roundtable discussion event on public education at the University of Houston-Downtown.&nbsp;</span><span>DaRocha urged legislators to reach out to their constituents.&nbsp;</span>&ldquo;We can&rsquo;t always go to them, especially if we don&rsquo;t live in Austin,&rdquo; DaRocha said. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s just not a realistic expectation for many of us parents.&rdquo;</p>

Four things Texans want the Legislature to know about special education

Last month, The Texas Tribune asked parents and educators what they think lawmakers should do before the Legislature adjourns. Here’s what they said.

Road crews were prolific in the Midland region in 2016 following an oil boom, when heavy truck traffic obliterated highways.
<p>Road crews were prolific in the Midland region in 2016 following an oil boom, when heavy truck traffic obliterated highways.</p>

Analysis: Is this Texas state budget trick constitutional?

The Texas Senate is proposing a new accounting trick to balance its 2018-19 budget. The contrivance would work, mathematically speaking, but it raises constitutional questions and faces derision from the House.

State Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, at a House Education Committee meeting on March 7, 2017.
State Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, at a House Education Committee meeting on March 7, 2017.

School leaders welcome proposed changes to A-F system

During a House Public Education Committee hearing, education experts and activists testified on legislation related to the state's A-F accountability system for public schools and districts.

State Rep. Dan Huberty (left), R-Houston, and state Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood.
State Rep. Dan Huberty (left), R-Houston, and state Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood.

Education committee chairs push major edits to A-F ratings for schools

House Public Education Committee Chairman Dan Huberty and Senate Education Committee Chairman Larry Taylor filed bills to help make the A-F accountability system more palatable to educators, who say grading their schools won't help them serve students better.

A large crowd of transgender advocates opposed to SB 6 the bathroom bill converge on the Capitol Extension Rotunda during the Senate State Affairs Committee hearing on the bill March 7, 2017.
A large crowd of transgender advocates opposed to SB 6 the bathroom bill converge on the Capitol Extension Rotunda during the Senate State Affairs Committee hearing on the bill March 7, 2017.

Analysis: A week to test local powers in Texas

The Texas Legislature is going to be busy this week with issues that ordinarily belong to other governments, as it considers the wisdom of local ordinances on restrooms, ride-hailing, short-term rentals, sanctuary cities and plastic bags.

State Rep. and Public Education Chairman Dan Huberty, R-Houston, speaks at a press conference unveiling the school finance bill on March 6, 2017.
State Rep. and Public Education Chairman Dan Huberty, R-Houston, speaks at a press conference unveiling the school finance bill on March 6, 2017.

Analysis: The Texas Legislature giveth — and taketh away

Local governments and school districts battling the Texas Legislature over property taxes have a couple of things in common: They want local control over taxes and a more reliable partner in the state government.

State Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Humble, newly appointed chair of the House Education Committee, talks public education at TTEvents on Feb. 28, 2017.
State Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Humble, newly appointed chair of the House Education Committee, talks public education at TTEvents on Feb. 28, 2017.

Analysis: Voucher opponent protecting Texas legislators from voters

Lawmakers rarely get blamed for votes that never take place, and that's the basis for one of the oldest protection rackets in the legislative toolkit: Killing a controversial bill before it comes to the full House or Senate.

High school athlete Mack Beggs, a transgender boy, competes in a state championship girls wrestling competition, in
Cypress on February 24, 2017.
High school athlete Mack Beggs, a transgender boy, competes in a state championship girls wrestling competition, in Cypress on February 24, 2017.

Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs identifies as a male. He just won the Texas state girls' title.

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Mack Beggs ended a highly controversial and dramatic weekend by becoming the first transgender participant to win a Class 6A girls’ state championship in Texas high school wrestling.

School board member Corinne French and homeschooling advocate Nicki Truesdell were surprised to find themselves on the same side of the debate around private school choice in Texas.
School board member Corinne French and homeschooling advocate Nicki Truesdell were surprised to find themselves on the same side of the debate around private school choice in Texas.

Unlikely allies: some homeschoolers fighting to kill school choice bill

Rural conservatives and homeschoolers are joining forces with public education advocates against Senate Bill 3, which pushes private school choice. Their state senators are not all on the same page.