• February 21, 2017


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Study: A quarter of Texas public schools no longer teach sex ed

A quarter of Texas public school districts offered no sex education at all during the 2015-2016 school year, according to a new study released Tuesday by the Texas Freedom Network. Nearly 60 percent of districts used abstinence-only education programs over the same period. 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton hangs on politically as criminal trial looms

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — The first slide summed it up neatly: "Attorney General Ken Paxton is the subject of a witch hunt."  

Reports of immigration raids whip across Texas, but details sparse

Reports of immigration raids swept across Texas and the rest of the nation Friday, sparking protests and press conferences. But in Austin and elsewhere, it was difficult to find hard evidence of actual raids, and federal officials insisted their agents were simply conducting routine enforcement. 

In 'sanctuary' fight, Abbott cuts off funding to Travis County

Editor's note: This story has been updated. 

Former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson confirmed as next Secretary of State

Editor's note: This story has been updated. 

Senate Finance Committee hears parents plea to halt therapy cuts

Tearful and frightened Texas parents pleaded with Senate Finance Committee members on Tuesday to stop any further cuts for state-funded speech, physical and occupational therapy for children. 

In State of State, Abbott imposes hiring freeze, declares 4 issues 'emergencies'

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout. 

Police chief stands by suspension of officer in video

FORT WORTH — A Texas police chief said he is standing by a 10-day suspension given to a white officer who was filmed wrestling a black mother and her daughter to the ground during a December incident.

Travis County Sheriff not backing down on sanctuary policy

Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez indicated Thursday she is not backing away from her recently introduced "sanctuary" policy.  

Texas governor vows to oust sheriff over 'sanctuary' jail

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott escalated a standoff with Austin's sheriff over so-called sanctuary cities on Wednesday, vowing to oust the elected Democrat from office even though he doesn't have the power to do so.

Texas Senate's ethics reform plan unveiled, targets revolving door

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout. 

Report: Texas bullet train, Dallas-area rail line among Trump's transportation priorities

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout. 

Tens of thousands participate in Texas women's marches

The day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, tens of thousands of Texans took part in women's marches across the state, flooding the streets around the state Capitol in Austin, striding through downtown Dallas and congregating at Houston City Hall. They carried signs that said things like "Viva la Vulva," "No utuerus, no opinion" and "Love trumps hate." 

Federal officials plan second round of investigation on Texas special ed

Federal officials are returning to Texas in late February to continue their investigation into whether the state purposely excluded students from receiving special education services, they wrote in a letter Thursday to the Texas Education Agency. 

Judge temporarily blocks Planned Parenthood's ouster from Texas Medicaid

U.S. District Court Judge Sam Sparks on Thursday delayed Planned Parenthood's ouster from the state’s Medicaid program until Feb. 21. 

State Rep. Dawnna Dukes indicted by grand jury

A grand jury has indicted state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, on abuse-of-office charges, the Travis County District Attorney's office said Wednesday. She could face up to 28 years in jail and fines of up to $138,000. 

Bell County's new legislators get to work

AUSTIN — With the bang of a gavel, the 85th Legislature began Tuesday.

Local state reps to wait on bathroom bill

AUSTIN — Bell County’s newest members of the Texas House of Representatives are taking a wait-and-see approach to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s controversial bill that would prohibit transgender people from being allowed to use bathrooms aligned with their gender identity.

Cosper, Buckingham to begin new roles Tuesday

On Tuesday, Scott Cosper will be sworn in as the District 54 representative in the Texas House. The realization started to sink in a few weeks earlier, when he brought some of his family members to Austin.

Education, health care top issues for readers on Facebook

The Daily Herald last week asked its Facebook readers about the priorities elected officials should pursue during the 85th legislative session that opens Tuesday.

Poor Texans left in dark as state electricity aid program ends

ARLINGTON — North Texas was freezing during a three-day stretch last month, but Mary Garcia refused to turn on the heat in her cramped apartment. She feared that doing so would too quickly drain her pay-as-you-go account with Penstar Power, a Dallas-based electricity provider. 

Cruz proposes term limits for Congress

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., proposed an amendment to the U.S. Constitution on Tuesday to impose term limits on members of Congress.

School finance, testing fiasco topped 2016 education news

A new Texas education commissioner vowed to crack down on district and campus accountability, a drawn-out court case over school finance ended and federal officials began investigating an alleged cap on special education services in Texas school districts — those are among the highlights of the year 2016 in Texas public education.

Beaumont police find 13 stolen bicycles in time for giveaway

BEAUMONT — Police said 13 snazzy new bicycles meant for needy children in Southeast Texas were stolen but recovered just in time to hand out as Christmas presents.

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