Texas superintendents say lack of school safety funding may lead to budget cuts

December 11, 2023

Photo above: An Austin Independent School District police vehicle parked outside of McCallum High School in Austin, on Dec. 28, 2012. Credit: Tamir Kalifa for The Texas Tribune By Maia Pandey, The Texas Tribune, Dec. 11, 2023 Public school administrators were well…

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Texas fire departments are fighting stigma and pushing to provide firefighters mental health help

December 5, 2023

Photo above: Firefighters at Fire Station 48 in Houston on Nov. 22, 2023. Credit: Mark Felix for The Texas Tribune By Stephen Simpson, The Texas Tribune, Dec. 5, 2023 For more than a decade, Sam Buser watched the lights of fire trucks…

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Judge considers holding state in contempt a third time over foster care conditions

December 5, 2023

Photo above: Heart Galleries, portraits of adoptable children, on display at the Child Protective Services office at Texas Department of Family and Protective Services in Austin on Nov. 14, 2019. Credit: Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune By Karen Brooks Harper, The Texas Tribune,…

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Family Fortunes

November 13, 2023

Dr. M. Ray Perryman, November 08, 2023 Every three years, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System releases results of the Survey of Consumer Finances. The Survey looks at family income, net worth, debt, and other indicators of…

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UTRGV Chess Team logs another national title, as 2023 US National Collegiate Rapid Chess co-champions

November 9, 2023

Photo of UTRGV Chess Team 2023 (UTRGV Photo by David Pike) By Amanda L. Alaniz Edinburg Texas, Nov. 8, 2023 – It’s another checkmate for UTRGV’s three-time national champion chess team, which just brought home a national win as the 2023…

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Sex trafficking, drugs and assault: Texas foster kids and caseworkers face chaos in rental houses and hotels

November 8, 2023

Photo of a home Texas rents in Belton for foster children. A report from court-appointed monitors says the Department of Family and Protective Services is housing some foster children in dirty and dangerous conditions. Credit: Court-appointed foster care monitors By Karen Brooks…

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Proposition 9 would increase pensions for retired teachers and public school employees

November 6, 2023

By Kevin Vu, The Texas Tribune, Nov. 6, 2023 For 28 years, Joe Ramirez taught social studies in Austin for students including President George W. Bush’s daughters, four-time Grammy award winning musician Gary Clark Jr. and former Gov. Rick Perry’s…

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One-third of Texas foster care caseworkers left their jobs last year as the agency continued putting kids in hotels

September 26, 2023

Photo above — Turnover at the Texas Department of Family and Protective services has soared. Employees cite low pay and heavy caseloads as some of the reasons staffers are leaving. Credit: Lauren Witte/The Texas Tribune The Department of Family and Protective Services…

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Laws have changed around parking for disabled Texans over the years. Here’s how it looks today.

September 20, 2023

Photo above — A car with a disabled veteran license plate sits parked in a disabled parking zone outside the Capitol Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023 in Austin. Credit: Eli Hartman/The Texas Tribune By Neelam Bohra, The Texas Tribune, Sept. 20, 2023 “Laws…

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City of Edinburg proudly announces Chief Jaime Ayala’s Appointment To State TCOLE Advisory Committee

September 19, 2023

Edinburg, TX, Sept 19, 2023 –  Edinburg Police Chief Jaime Ayala has been appointed to serve on the prestigious Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Advisory Committee for Law Enforcement Agency Standards. Chief Ayala has been designated as the Assistant Presiding…

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