Ed Sterling

Weather system prompts Texas to prepare as hurricane season continues

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Before Hurricane Florence reached the shores of the Carolinas last week, Gov. Greg Abbott focused on the Gulf of Mexico, where an inbound tropical disturbance threatened the southern region of Texas. Proactively, Abbott on Sept. 14 issued a disaster declaration for 78 counties stretching from the Texas Gulf Coast to deep into the interior of the Lone Star State. A […]

Governor points out actions taken to make schools safer



Just before Labor Day weekend, Gov. Greg Abbott released a School Safety Action Plan Summary that lists actions taken by school districts to harden campuses in the wake of the deadly Santa Fe Independent School District shooting in May. “Elected leaders, community members, students, teachers, parents and everyday Texans all share the common goal of making schools a safe place […]

Texas leaders call for new trade agreement to include Canada

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The White House last week announced a preliminary new trade agreement had been secured between the United States and Mexico. While details of the pact are forthcoming, the White House said the agreement would “create more reciprocal trade that grows the economy, supports high-paying jobs for American workers, protects American intellectual property” and “is a mutually beneficial win for North […]

Officials observe anniversary of Hurricane Harvey at Rockport church

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AUSTIN — August 25 marked one year since Hurricane Harvey’s battering winds and torrential rains brought death and destruction to coastal and inland counties of Texas. Repairs and rebuilding in the region continue to this day, and the U.S. Office of Coastal Management has estimated the cost of the storm at $125 billion. Gov. Greg Abbott and a host of […]

Texas Education Agency releases two sets of ratings

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The Texas Education Agency on Aug. 15 released 2018 campus accountability ratings and, for the first time ever, A-F district accountability ratings. More than 8,700 independent school campuses received a rating of Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard or Improvement Required. Some 7,260 public school campuses and 558 charters were rated Met Standard or Met Alternative Standard, while 293 public school […]

TEA releases preliminary financial accountability ratings

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Some 80 percent of public school districts and charters earned the highest-possible preliminary financial accountability rating, according to figures released by the Texas Education Agency on Aug. 8. The “superior” ratings were calculated using 15 financial indicators, such as administrative cost expenditures, the accuracy of a district or charter’s financial information submitted to TEA and any financial vulnerabilities or material […]

Hurricane Harvey-affected campuses receive special evaluations

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Some 109 independent school districts and charters directly affected by Hurricane Harvey are eligible for special evaluation in this year’s state accountability system, the Texas Education Agency announced on Aug. 1. Based on data reported to the agency during the past school year, the affected districts and charters encompass some 1,188 eligible campuses. Among the submitted data are the numbers […]

Select panel considers approaches to mass shooting prevention

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A special interim committee of state lawmakers met July 24 at the Texas Capitol to further explore what can be done to prevent mass shootings like the one that resulted in 10 deaths and 10 injuries in May at Santa Fe High School. Testimony before a hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools & School Security centered […]


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