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The Texas Senate has given preliminary approval to rating public schools statewide by letter grades A through F. The proposal passed 20-10 Monday would issue grades based on student standardized test scores. A floor change, however, means the bill won’t take effect until the...
The Supreme Court rejected a free-speech appeal Monday from several California high school students who were told they could not wear a shirt emblazoned with an American flag on the Cinco de Mayo holiday. The court's action has the effect of upholding school officials who said...
Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act will not be changing despite critics saying it allows business owners to discriminate against members of the LGBT community, state Gov. Mike Pence said today during an exclusive interview on ABC's "This Week." Pence...
Michael Kelly is a high school student who plays on Wichita East’s special needs basketball team. His mother bought Kelly a letter jacket and a varsity letter to show his participation. But when Kelly, who has Down syndrome and autism, wore the jacket to school, he was forced to...
A state Senate subcommittee on border security will hear a plan to scrap a law that grants in-state public university tuition to children of parents in the U.S. illegally. Texas Democrats and Hispanic advocacy groups are championing the law -- also known as the Texas Dream Act...
AUSTIN (KXAN) — In a lengthy committee room debate, lawmakers debated the idea of allowing state money to go to private schools. The “school choice” movement has never been as strong in Texas as it is now and lawmakers will soon decide on an easier path for parents to choose...
PARIS — Investigators were scouring for clues on Friday to help solve the mystery of why Andreas Lubitz , a 27-year-old German co-pilot, apparently slammed Germanwings Flight 9525 into a mountainside in the French Alps on purpose, killing all 150 on board. Prosecutors are...
Sen. Ted Cruz hasn’t made a final decision on whether he will sign up for Obamacare but will make up his mind “in the coming days,” a spokesman said Wednesday. Rick Tyler, national spokesman for the Texas Republican senator’s newly launched presidential campaign, also defended...
The incoming White House communications director defended the decision to trade Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders last year, even as newly announced desertion charges for Bergdahl renewed Republican criticism of the prisoner swap. "Was it worth it? Absolutely," Jen...