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Shannon Najmabadi is the higher education reporter at The Texas Tribune.

Coronavirus Prompts Texas Universities to Extend Spring Break, Move Classes Online

Pat Neff Hall at Baylor University. Photo credit: Shelby Knowles for The Texas Tribune. More than a dozen Texas universities...
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UT tuition increasing 2.6% at all campuses for 2020-21 year

University administrators at a Board of Regents meeting April 2 in Austin.  Emree Weaver / The Texas Tribune

New Texas law protects rent-to-own customers against criminal prosecution

Texans who sign rent-to-own contracts to lease furniture, electronics and other household items will receive new protection against being arrested or criminally...

The property tax reform package is heading to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk

A sweeping property tax reform bill that aims to slow rising property tax growth will soon head to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk for...

"People were giving us lip service": Texas cities' legislative efforts have struggled this year

Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune The interest group representing Texas cities used to be one of the most powerful legislative forces at the Capitol. This...

Change in tax bill would let many cities and counties raise property tax levies...

The floor of the house on April 11, 2019. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune After revisions made in the Texas House, more than a thousand smaller...

Texas House approves property tax reform bill, setting up negotiations with the Senate

Under Speaker Dennis Bonnen, the Texas House has now passed all three of state leaders' highest-priority bills for 2019. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / The Texas The...

House committee passes Senate property tax bill — after altering it to look more...

State Reps. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City, and Dustin Burrows, R-Lubbock, listen to testimony at the House Ways and Means hearing last month. Miguel Gutierrez...

Property tax proposal piles one more worry on Texas' rural hospital districts

The wound care center at Eastland Memorial Hospital. Gary Rhodes for The Texas Tribune Squeezed by Medicare cuts and a growing number of uninsured patients, rural...

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