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Gov. Greg Abbott Signs $11.6 Billion School Finance Measure Into Law

By Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law one of lawmakers’ biggest achievements this year, a massive overhaul of Texas’ long-beleaguered school finance system. Abbott put his signature on House Bill 3 during a triumphant ceremony … Continue reading

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How An Immigration Raid Near A Small Texas Town Touched A Whole School District

The day of the raid still haunts principal Tammy Mariani. On August 28, agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, raided a Northeast Texas factory that makes vehicle trailers. In the nearby Honey Grove Independent School District, nearly … Continue reading

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Texas Teacher Pay Emerges As A Sticking Point Between House And Senate

By Aliyya Swaby, Texas Tribune  With Texas House lawmakers unveiling their long-awaited school finance proposal Tuesday and the Senate’s version likely close behind, teacher pay appears to be emerging as one of the biggest sticking points between the two chambers.

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Here’s What You Need To Know About Texas School Finance

By Laura Isensee, Houston Public Media  For decades, Texas has struggled with education funding. Usually lawsuits trigger change, but this legislative session could be different. Right after the 2019 Texas Legislature kicked off, the state’s “Big Three” — all Republican … Continue reading

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New Scholarship Strives To Help Local Students Become Teachers In Odessa

By Mitch Borden In a new effort to address the teacher shortage in Ector County Independent School district — a new scholarship has been created to help fill hundreds of vacancies. Two organizations  —The University of Texas Permian Basin and … Continue reading

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Odessa Residents Chime In On Superintendent Search

By Mitch Borden The search is on for the new Ector County Independent School District Superintendent. Recently, in Odessa, public meetings were held to gather the opinions of community members about what kind of person residents want to see lead … Continue reading

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Texas Legislature Will Look At School Funding, Safety In The Upcoming Session

By Claire McInerny, KUT State lawmakers filed dozens of bills about educating kids ahead of Tuesday’s start to the legislative session. The most interesting discussion at the Capitol will likely be around school funding. It’s something the Legislature brings up … Continue reading

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Faced With A Teacher Shortage, West Texas School District May Be Latest To Go Virtual

As an oil boom increases housing costs and lures staff away, the Ector County school board has struggled to recruit and retain enough teachers.

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Texas Education Board Workgroup Changes Course On “Heroic” Alamo Defenders

After submitting a recommendation to remove the word “heroic” from seventh-grade history textbooks, a Texas State Board of Education workgroup backed off its proposal after outcry from officials and the public.

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Texas Says It Won’t Fund Education For Children In Shelters

A letter from the Texas Education Agency about funding for schooling in migrant shelters highlights the ongoing push and pull between federal and state agencies.

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