March 31st, 2021
The City of Houston just got billed for its street lights during the freeze under its variable rate plan. Over $2 million when it normally runs $100,000 a week or so.
November 19th, 2019
No region in Texas has enough licensed specialists who can perform special ed evaluations, according to national guidelines for staffing. That’s why the Fort Bend Independent School District is trying to grow its own.
April 5th, 2019
A major flaw in the way Texas spends money on kids with disabilities might lose the state almost a quarter of its annual special education grant.
March 7th, 2019
The Senate is proposing $5,000 raises for each teacher and librarian. The House is calling for raising minimum salaries and increasing benefits.
May 9th, 2017
I supported the passage of H.R. 244, which funds the federal government through the end of the 2017 fiscal year, and includes funding for several education programs and priorities important to Texas:Education...
August 22nd, 2011
The following is a letter I received from Donna Garner. Donna calls Arne Duncan out for using incorrect grammar while criticizing Governor Perry. Donna Garner goes on to explain how our Texas education standards are actually...
May 9th, 2010
Dr. Hornsby has once again shown her brilliance. She is accurate in her reporting on all counts. Many on the conservative side have believed the media, and have reported wrongly on this issue. I am convinced that we narrowly...
December 19th, 2019
Handing a win to Texas education officials, an Austin-based federal judge Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Houston Independent School District in an effort to stop the state from seizing control of its troubled...
May 7th, 2019
The Texas Senate on Monday approved a bill to massively overhaul public school finance, but did so while backing away from a proposal to use an increased sales tax to lower school district property taxes.
March 12th, 2019
Some supporters of gifted and talented programs worry that the proposal will ultimately shortchange the state’s brightest children.
February 1st, 2019
Today, U.S. Representative Susan Davis (CA-49) and I introduced a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the grant program Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), continuing my efforts to...
August 23rd, 2011
The Following is a letter sent from Robert Scott (Education Commissioner of Texas) to Arne Duncan (Obama's Education Secretary) following Duncan's Misinformed Criticism of the Education Standards in Texas:Mr. Secretary,I...
March 15th, 2011
In these lean budgetary times, Texas schools, and more specifically Texas teachers, are being targeted to balance our state’s budget, but does it have to be this way? The more than 1,000 school districts in the state of...