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Thu
09
Apr

Texas Senate approves changes to teacher training and evaluation

Prospective teachers would have a more rigorous path to the classroom and stronger continuing education under a pair off bills passed by the Senate Tuesday. Forty percent of Texas public school teachers are certified under the alternative certification program, where people who have college degrees but didn't study education can learn how to become classroom teachers. Under current law, a candidate for alternative certification need only have a 2.5 grade point average and 15 hours of classroom training to get into a teacher preparation program. Amarillo Senator Kel Seliger thinks those standards need to be higher. "We need ever better, more motivated teachers," he said.

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Thu
02
Apr

Grandma’s teeth

By MARC ROBERTSON
 
Thu
26
Mar

House passes human trafficking, border security bills

Bills to address the illegal importation and exploitation of persons and to protect the state’s border with Mexico moved through the Texas House last week. They were the first major statewide
legislation to be approved by the body since Jan. 13, the opening day of the 140- day session. 
 
Thu
26
Mar

Bill would set standards for police body cams

The Senate Criminal Justice Committee looked at a bill Tuesday that would create a set of uniform rules for police departments using body cameras. Dallas Senator Royce West said that
Thu
19
Mar

Lawmakers seek to control elements of state spending

By ED STERLING
 
Debates over the Texas House and Senate versions of the state budget lie ahead, and movement toward setting budget controls to blend into a final, agreed-upon budget for 2016-2017 emerged in low-numbered bills filed last week.
 
Thu
12
Mar

Senate bills set stage for tax, debt relief

A trio of powerful state senators, along with Lt. Gov.
Thu
05
Mar

Senate panel passes legislation to fund state highways

The Senate Transportation Committee on Feb.
Thu
26
Feb

Governor gives lawmakers his budget priorities

On Feb. 17, Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his first State of the State address during a joint session of the Texas House and Senate and released his recommendations for the two-year 2016-2017 state budget.
Thu
19
Feb

Pope Francis visits

District 28 Congressman Cuellar released the following statement last week upon the announcement from Speaker John Boehner that Pope Francis will address a joint session of the US Congress on
September 24, 2015. 
 

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