SBOE request about PSF fund could have broader implications

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Gail Lowe, chair of the State Board of Education, this week requested an Attorney General Opinion addressing Permanent School Fund investments. The request is focused on whether PSF funds could be invested in charter school facilities, which is an interesting concept on its own, but the specific questions asked could also have a broader impact.

Senate Finance Committee named

4:30 p.m.     Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst named the members of the Senate Finance Committee today. They are: Steve Ogden (chair), Juan Hinojosa, Bob Deuell, Robert Duncan, Kevin Eltife, Craig Estes, Eddie Lucio, Jane Nelson, Dan Patrick, Kel Seliger, Florence Shapiro, Royce West, John Whitmire, Tommy Williams and Judith Zaffirini.

Governor declares emergency items; Senate takes up voter ID Monday

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Governor Rick Perry has declared 4 topics as "emergency" items this session, which means that legislation addressing such topics can be taken up earlier than is allowed for other bills. The emergency items are:










Budget proposal (hopefully) represents worst-case scenario

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The education community was rocked this week when the budget proposed by House leaders included more than $10 billion in cuts to public school funding. And while we can't find a way to make the situation appear rosy, it's important to note that what was released this week should be a worst-case scenario.