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  1. Texas House OKs easing graduation test requirementsRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Apr 21 | Dallas Morning News

    House members tentatively voted Tuesday to ease the state's high school graduation requirements, making it possible for thousands of seniors to be exempted from state end-of-course exams this year. Current law requires that students pass five tests to get a diploma, but under the measure, the students would have to pass only three as long as they have a passing average in all their core classes.

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  2. Texas Senate OKs school vouchers, but bill faces tough House voteRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Apr 20 | Dallas Morning News

    Up to 16,000 lower-income students in mostly urban districts would be able to transfer to private or religious schools - using potential tax dollars to pay tuition - under a measure the Senate tentatively approved Monday. The divisive proposal, approved on an 18-12 vote, would set aside $100 million in tax credits to create, in effect, a school voucher program.

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  3. Texas home insurers see another strong year but still seek limits on lawsuitsRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Apr 20 | Dallas Morning News

    Texas home insurers, led by the three largest companies, racked up a third straight year of healthy profits in 2014, thanks to higher rates and low levels of stormy weather across the state. But the industry is still seeking legislation that would curb the ability of homeowners to sue insurers for unpaid claims or unfair practices.

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  4. Senate gives tentative OK to modified school voucher billRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Apr 20 | Dallas Morning News

    Up to 16,000 lower-income students in urban districts would be able to transfer to private or religious schools - using potential tax dollars to pay tuition - under a measure tentatively approved Monday by the Senate. The fractious proposal, approved on an 18-12 vote, would set aside $100 million in tax credits to create, in effect, a school voucher program.

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  5. Florence Shapiro and Lionel Sosa: A raft of improvements for our schoolsRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Apr 15 | Dallas Morning News

    In February, Texans for Education Reform welcomed former New York City Public Schools Chancellor Joel Klein as our keynote speaker at a legislative luncheon focused on the challenges and opportunities facing Texas public schools. Klein, known by many as a former Clinton appointee in the U.S. Department of Justice who made unprecedented advances in New York City's notoriously troubled public schools, charged those of us working on education reform in Texas to "be bold!" The most critical challenge Texas faces - and where our group is determined to be bold - is to address chronically failing schools.

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  6. Texas Senate passes $211 billion budget stressing tax cuts, roads, border securityRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Apr 14 | Dallas Morning News

    Texas Sen. Jane Nelson, right, R-Flower Mound, was joined by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, top right, and other senators at a press conference on tax cuts in late February.

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  7. Texas Senate endorses letter grades for schoolsRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Mar 30 | Dallas Morning News

    School campuses across Texas would be rated annually with letter grades - A through F - under legislation tentatively approved Monday by the Senate. All Democrats voted no on the measure.

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  8. Senate votes to annually rate all Texas schools with letter gradesRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Mar 30 | Dallas Morning News

    School campuses across Texas would be rated annually with letter grades of A through F under legislation tentatively approved Monday by the Senate. All Democrats voted no on the measure.

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  9. Patrick defends private school tax credits and vouchersRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Mar 26 | Dallas Morning News

    Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick appeared before a Senate panel Thursday to rebut criticism that bills creating private school tax credits and vouchers in Texas would directly threaten the state's public schools. The Republican addressed Senate Education Committee members after they'd listened to several hours of arguments for and against three school choice bills pending before the committee.

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  10. In Senate, Lt. Gov. Patrick defends private school tax credit, voucher billsRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Mar 26 | Dallas Morning News

    Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick appeared before the Senate Education Committee Thursday to refute criticism that bills creating private school tax credits and vouchers in Texas would directly threaten the state's public schools. The Republican addressed senators after they had listened to several hours of arguments for and against three school choice bills now pending before the committee.

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  11. Senate panel convenes hearing on private school tax credits, vouchersRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Mar 26 | Dallas Morning News

    Legislation to allow private school tax credits and vouchers will be considered by the Senate Education Committee on Thursday, pitting top conservative groups and Republicans against public school advocates and Democrats. The leading bill, authored by Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, chairman of the education committee, would create a $100 million private school tuition program that would let lower-income students attend private or religious schools.

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  12. A to F grades for schools sent to Texas Senate despite criticismsRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 17, 2015 | Dallas Morning News

    Legislation that would require annual letter grades for all public schools based on test scores and other measures was approved Tuesday by the Senate Education Committee over the objections of three Democratic senators. The measure, sent to the full Senate on a 7-3 vote, would assign all school campuses a letter grade ranging from A to F beginning with the 2016-17 school year.

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  13. Senators clash over use of A through F grades to rate Texas schoolsRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 12, 2015 | Dallas Morning News

    Senate Republicans and Democrats clashed Thursday over legislation that would require, for the first time, annual letter grades of A through F for all school campuses, based on test scores and other performance measures. Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, author of the legislation, said in a committee hearing that his goal is to give parents a "fair, accurate and reliable" assessment of their neighborhood schools.

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  14. Thousands could be exempted from high school graduation examsRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 4, 2015 | Dallas Morning News

    Senate Education Committee members Wednesday unanimously approved legislation that would allow thousands of high school seniors to get a diploma without passing state graduation exams - a requirement that has been in place for 28 years. The measure by Sen. Kel Seliger would allow high school seniors who cannot pass all five Texas end-of-course exams to bypass the graduation test requirement if they qualify for a new exemption created by the bill.

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  15. Senate leaders would grade Texas schools - A' through - F'Read the original story w/Photo

    Mar 3, 2015 | Dallas Morning News

    Senate leaders unveiled a handful of proposals Tuesday to boost failing schools in Texas, including assigning letter grades to campuses and creating a statewide district to manage failing schools. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Senate Education Committee Chairman Larry Taylor also said they would push measures to expand online courses and create a new system for evaluating teachers.

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  16. Senators praise bill that would help seniors bypass Texas graduation examsRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 19, 2015 | Dallas Morning News

    Senate Education Committee members gave a friendly reception Thursday to legislation that would ease Texas' high school graduation test requirement for the first time in 28 years. Under the measure by Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, thousands of high school seniors would no longer have to pass graduation exams to get a diploma, as long as they qualified for an exemption the bill would create.

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  17. Texas Rep. Randy Weber compares Obama to Hitler in tweet over Paris rallyRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 13, 2015 | Dallas Morning News

    Joining the chorus criticizing President Barack Obama for not participating in a unity march in Paris, Rep. Randy Weber, R-Friendswood, said a Twitter post Monday night invoking Adolf Hitler was meant to "start a discussion" on the president's foreign policy. "Hitler reminds us that there's evil in the world.

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  18. Texas Rep. Randy Weber stands by tweet invoking Hitler to criticize ObamaRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 13, 2015 | Dallas Morning News

    Joining the chorus of conservatives criticizing President Barack Obama for not participating in a unity march in Paris on Sunday, Rep. Randy Weber, R-Friendswood, said his tweet last night invoking Adolf Hitler was meant to "start a discussion" on the president's foreign policy. "Hitler reminds us that there's evil in the world.

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