Rising rents are squeezing Texas teachers

For teachers in Texas, summer break isn’t all it’s hyped up to be. Many educators are forced to take on second jobs to make ends meet. A recent study by Zillow shows how many teachers are struggling to pay rent.  In four of Texas’ major metropolitan areas, new teachers spend over 30 percent of their […]

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HD-28 candidate Anna Allred reports $158,000 fundraising haul

The race to replace John Zerwas just got more interesting. Anna Allred, a candidate in the HD-28 special election, released her fundraising totals early.  Allred — an anesthesiologist and Zerwas’ business partner — announced that she raised $158,570 from 140 contributors and has $86,279 cash on hand.  While it’s doubtful that Allred has the biggest […]

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Former Republican precinct chair files in HD-138 election

Lacey Hull — a Houston homemaker and former Republican precinct chair — has established a campaign committee for a potential run for Rep. Dwayne Bohac’s (R-Houston) seat. Hull is fairly well-known in conservative circles. She campaigned for state Reps. Valoree Swanson (R-Spring) and Briscoe Cain (R-Deer Park).  She also block-walked for Erin Swanson, who lost […]

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Five things we learned from the School Finance Panel

This year’s TribFest, the Texas Tribune’s yearly festival in Austin, featured plenty of political content for wonks to parse. For those that couldn’t attend but want to understand more about the state’s largest bill on education, a highlight of the most recent legislative session, we’ve broken down the five things you need to know from […]

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Tarrant County closes college campus voting location

By ALEX WUKMAN One question Tarrant County Commissioners and the areas’ college chancellors are asking themselves this week is, “What’s the out-of-pocket for democracy?” This latest round of soul searching comes after the county eliminated the majority of its college campus early voting locations weeks before this year’s state Constitutional Amendment election. The county hasn’t […]

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