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Aliyya Swaby is the public education reporter for The Texas Tribune.

Students face felony charges, expulsions as Texas schools ramp up fight against vaping

Thomas Williams-Platt, 18, in the backyard of his aunt’s home in Georgetown on Nov. 22, 2019. Last December the then 17-year-old was arrested for...

With conflicting budget estimates, will Texas teachers get the pay raises they anticipated?

When state lawmakers passed their landmark $11.6 billion school finance law in late May, school employees were eager to see how mandatory...

Texas lawmakers boosted special education funding this year, prompting hope for more from advocates

Texas lawmakers left the Capitol this week with some hits and some misses for a state special education program that has faced...

Feds will visit six Texas school districts this week to monitor special education

Vanessa Tijerina addresses a U.S. Department of Education panel in 2016 about her 13-year-old special needs child who has been denied special education for...

Gov. Greg Abbott, legislative leaders assert confidence as deadline nears to cut property taxes

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Gov. Greg Abbott and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen speak at a press conference regarding property taxes Friday. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas...

Texas Senate rushes to advance school finance bill, passes it out of committee

Senate Education Committee Chariman and state Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, during a committee meeting on Mar. 5, 2019. Emree Weaver / The Texas Tribune The Senate...

Texas House votes to advance bill to shore up teacher pension fund

State Rep. Greg Bonnen, R-Friendswood, speaks at a press conference on March 5, 2019. Emree Weaver / The Texas Tribune The Texas House voted Wednesday to...

Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick and Dennis Bonnen propose raising the Texas sales tax in...

Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen at a joint press conference held at the Governor's Mansion on Jan....

Texas charter schools are facing more backlash this year, but could also receive more...

Students, educators, activists and parents rally on the south lawn of the Capitol in Austin in 2017 to show support for expanding school choice...

Here’s how different proposals at the Texas Capitol could change property tax bills

From left: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Gov. Greg Abbott and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen speak at a joint press conference addressing property tax reform....

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