Public Education

House Dems Fight Back Against Dangerous Permitless Carry Bill

On April 15, the Texas House debated House Bill 1927 — the Republican’s permitless carry legislation that would render licensing and training requirements for firearm ownership obsolete.  Democratic Representatives, led by Members of the El Paso delegation, fought hard against the bill and to add common-sense amendments to the legislation that would keep Texans safe. …

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Democratic Representatives Fight Down Hateful Anti-Trans Amendment on House Floor

On April 14, Republican Rep. Bryan Slaton proposed yet another amendment targeting transgender children and their families by attempting to prevent the state from including puberty delaying prescriptions in drug cost-effectiveness programs. Democratic Representatives, led by Members of the Texas LGBTQ Caucus, successfully encouraged the House to vote down the amendment by a series of …

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Texas HDC Hosts Press Conference to Call for Fully Funding Schools, Canceling STAAR

On February 3, Representatives from the House Democratic Caucus hosted a virtual press conference to call for attention to the burdensome uncertainty teachers, students and families are facing due to the governor’s silence on key public education issues. During the event, Texas House Democrats called for the extension of the hold-harmless provision that allows schools …

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HDC’s Education Work Group Discusses 2021 Priorities

On September 30, Representatives from the House Democratic Caucus’ Education Work Group hosted a live discussion on Facebook to share the Caucus’ education priorities, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped those priorities. The event was led by Rep. Alma Allen (D-Houston), Rep. Terry Canales (D-Edinburg), Rep. Harold Dutton (D-Houston), Rep. Mary González (D-Clint), Rep. …

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Hair Love Missing in Texas: TLBC Announces Plan to File CROWN Act

Discrimination remains an active and poisonous force throughout Texas. House Democrats have the responsibility to fight policies that oppress members of our community. It is our duty to create an equitable playing field, where all voices, religions, traditions, and races are represented and celebrated.    DeAndre Arnold’s story spurred a long-ignored conversation in Texas. As …

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Texas A&M Commerce Grieving Following Two Fatal Shootings within Three Months

This past Monday, a shooting at Texas A&M Commerce took the life of two women and sent a 2-year old boy to the hospital. This tragedy comes just three months after a shooting following a Texas A&M Commerce homecoming celebration that left 12 injured and two people dead. In both instances, no suspect has been …

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Re: Texas Comptroller’s 2020-2021 BRE

Earlier today, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar released the state’s biennial revenue estimate. Based on projections for the state’s economy, Comptroller Hegar certified $119 billion in state funds available for the coming biennium and budget cycle. He noted that the number could shift some before the end of session.   Today’s revenue estimate shows that the …

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Texas Education Agency to roll out school ratings

On Wednesday, the Texas Education Agency will roll-out its first “A-F” ratings for every school district in the state of Texas. Campuses won’t receive a letter grade until 2019, but will receive a numeric score on a 0-100 scale. The letter grades, which come out as students and families prepare to go back to school, will be issued at …

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