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Texas estimates it may owe feds $223 million after illegally decreasing special education funding

Last October, Texas education officials told lawmakers they would likely owe the federal government $33 million for illegally decreasing funding for kids with disabilities. They reassured them it was …

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Legislators going against the polls on some key issues

Politicians are often said to be chasing the polls, but sometimes they run the other way. According to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll, at least two issues popular with a …

Lawmakers rely on villainized "Robin Hood" to pay for schools.

For some in the debate over how to fund Texas' schools, "Robin Hood" is decidedly a villain. The program, baked into state education law since 1993, requires the state to take funding from …

Tax preparers warn your refund may be smaller than usual this year. Here's why

Doing your taxes isn't just about placing the correct numbers in the boxes of a form and then, as many hope, collecting a refund. There's also how you feel about your taxes."It's a very emotional …

Texas Senate proposes $3.7 billion for mandated teacher raises

Leaders of the Texas Senate are proposing giving schools $3.7 billion to provide $5,000 pay raises to all full-time classroom teachers — on the heels of a House budget proposal that includes $7 …

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Chief justice refuses to block new ban on rifle bump stocks

WASHINGTON – Chief Justice John Roberts refused to halt a new federal ban on ownership of bump stocks, the attachments that can make a semiautomatic rifle fire more rapidly, like a machine …

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