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Teachers in other states are striking. Texas teachers can’t do that.

Texas state law says that teachers could lose their teaching certificates and pensions if they go on strike.

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April 6th West Texas News Editor Roundtable

Like the region itself, the news of West Texas is sweeping in its scope. So to help us break it all down, we have news editors from across the region joining us. In this roundtable, we hear from Laura Dennis … Continue reading

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Blue Origin x Marfa ISD Rocket Class

Blue Origin – the private space travel company owned by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos – hosted a rocket class at Marfa ISD. It’s the first time the class has been offered. Over the past several months, middle school and high school … Continue reading

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Revised Texas Education Plan Raises Standards

The Texas Education Agency met Monday’s deadline to submit a revised school accountability plan to the U.S. Department of Education, as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act, via Texas Public Radio.

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In Rural Texas, Tightening Budgets Make it Even Harder to Attract and Retain Teachers

The rural school districts here say they’ve been struggling. Since 2008, Fort Davis Independent School District in far West Texas has seen its budget nearly cut in half, down to almost $3 million. Tightening budgets have made it more difficult … Continue reading

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Proposes Millions For Teacher Bonuses And Retirement

With less than a week before the start of a special session of the Texas Legislature, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick laid out a proposal Thursday to give teachers bonuses and increase their retirement benefits, with plans to pay for both long-term using money … Continue reading

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UTEP Helps Revamp Efforts to Collect Blackwell School History

Over the last 10 years, there have been two big pushes to collect the oral histories of former Blackwell School students. Both efforts eventually stalled due to lack of resources, but a third big push is underway, this time with … Continue reading

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Texas State Board of Education rejects Mexican-American studies textbook

The State Board of Education voted 14-0 Wednesday to deny the adoption of a Mexican-American studies textbook decried by opponents as racist and inaccurate. The textbook, titled “Mexican American Heritage,” was the only submission the board received when it made … Continue reading

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Marfa ISD Administration Office (Photo via Anna Rose MacArthur)

Band Will Be Cut at Marfa I.S.D., Superintendent Explains Budget Struggles

Reports recently surfaced that Marfa I.S.D.’s band program may have to be cut soon due to a sizable budget deficit at the district. CBS 7 reported that the district is facing a nearly $400,000 deficit, due in large part to the … Continue reading

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Sul Ross Dean of Student Life: Campus Carry “Probably Doesn’t” Lead to Safer Environment

The Dean of Student Life at Sul Ross State University in Alpine said in an interview Monday that while he personally believes Texas’ new “campus carry” law is “pretty convoluted”, has “a lot of flaws” and “probably doesn’t” make for … Continue reading

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