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Senate approves bills on “private school choice” and school finance study
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Jul 25, 5:20 AM: The Texas Senate tentatively passed legislation Monday to subsidize private school tuition and a bill to study the system for funding public schools — two of six bills the upper chamber discussed Monday.
Senate panel OKs private school scholarship, funding commission bills
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Jul 24, 6:03 AM: The Senate Education Committee passed two key bills on Friday, including one that would create a scholarship program for students looking to enroll in private school.
Senate panel to hear ‘school choice,’ finance bill Friday
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Jul 21, 5:33 AM: The Senate Education Committee on Friday will consider two bills that address many of the major education-related issues on the special session call, including school finance and ‘private school choice.'
Dallas ISD Pushes Back Against Charter Schools
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Jul 20, 7:23 AM: One Dallas area charter school network’s gradual expansion is having a direct impact on Texas’ 2nd largest school system: Dallas ISD.
Crunch Time For New SAISD Charter School
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Jul 17, 9:02 AM: CAST, or the Centers for Applied Science and Technology is the brainchild of HEB's Charles Butt. And CAST Tech is the first and a collaboration between HEB, Charles Butt, SAISD and the technology community. Subsequent CAST schools >
Patrick, Straus war escalates ahead of special session
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Jul 14, 6:20 AM: The special-session agenda includes some education items, including teacher pay, a commission to study school funding and the controversy-stirring school voucher proposal for students with special needs.
Kyle charter school clears first hurdle
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Jul 13, 5:45 AM: The path toward a charter school opening in Kyle moved ahead Tuesday when Planning and Zoning commissioners recommended approval of two conditional use permits (CUP) for the first phase of the campus.
King: room for vouchers in school finance
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Jul 12, 5:52 AM: The primary focus of school finance should be public schools, but school vouchers need to be addressed, said Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford) as he gave an update on the 85th legislature to Weatherford Rotary members Wednesday.
Critics say Texas bill could hurt teacher unions
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Jul 6, 7:44 AM: As Texas lawmakers get ready to head back to Austin for a special session, some Borderland teachers’ unions say they will be keeping a close eye on one bill in particular.
Proposed Vouchers Wouldn’t Reach Most Special Needs Students
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Jul 5, 5:29 AM: The upcoming special legislative session is likely to provide just as many fireworks as the regular session did. Among the most controversial issues on the table is the contentious debate between the House and Senate over "private >
KIPP schools charged unallowable student fees, state agency finds
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Jul 3, 7:48 AM: Now, Courtney and several other KIPP Houston parents are furious because they believe they were duped by the charter nonprofit system into paying for what they believe should be a free public education.
State clears path for three new charter schools to open in Austin
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Jun 26, 7:28 AM: Friday, the State Board of Education cleared the way for a new charter school operator to open three new campuses in Austin over the next five years.
House education leaders won’t budge on school finance, private school choice
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Jun 26, 5:40 AM: The top House education leader said Sunday that “private school choice” is still dead in the lower chamber.
SBOE members take issue with charter school proposal
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Jun 23, 6:53 AM: The State Board of Education will decide Friday whether to allow three new charter schools to open in the Houston area, including a school with a board member once accused of funneling contracts to her son.
$20M charter school proposed for Kyle
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Jun 22, 5:36 AM: The possibility of a charter school coming to Kyle could be a reality after officials with IDEA public schools, a south Texas based charter school system, unveiled plans to build a 110,000 square-foot, $20 million campus.
Most GOP education board members split with Abbott over vouchers
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Jun 21, 6:33 AM: The Texas State Board of Education is known for its conservative ideals, but a majority of its Republican members said Tuesday they oppose GOP Gov. Greg Abbott's demand that lawmakers pass a school voucher program and a bathroom law >
EPISD will create its own charter schools
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Jun 19, 6:37 AM: El Paso Independent School District officials plan to announce this month that they will create their own charter schools, which receive taxpayer dollars but follow fewer state laws and regulations than traditional public >
Gov. Abbott signs bill overhauling A-F school, district ratings
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Jun 16, 6:39 AM: Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a bill into law that will drastically change an upcoming system that grades Texas schools and districts on their performance.
Vouchers vs. charters: Will their priorities clash during Texas’ special session?
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Jun 16, 6:07 AM: Texas may see cracks within the school choice movement this summer as public charter schools push for state funds to pay for their buildings, while others want the money to go toward vouchers for private schools.
School groups wary of Abbott’s revival of vouchers
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Jun 8, 5:44 AM: Many school groups reacted warily Wednesday to Gov. Greg Abbott's revival of private-school vouchers and a ban on union payroll deductions for teachers as agenda items for next month's special legislative session.

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