Category Archives: Public Education

Charter school not entitled to tax exemption under recent ruling by Texas Supreme Court

A public open-enrollment charter school in Galveston County is not entitled to a property tax exemption for property it subleases, according to a 6-3 decision earlier this month by the Texas Supreme Court. Charter schools often operate in leased facilities, … Continue reading

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Texas education agencies offer information on coronavirus response

Texas public and higher education agencies are using their websites to relay information about campus closings, online learning, and other updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Abbott on March 19 ordered schools to temporarily close, acting under the broad … Continue reading

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TEA offers options for schools considering longer school year

As part of its school finance overhaul, the 86th Legislature last year provided a funding incentive for schools to extend their school calendar for up to 30 days beyond the required minimum operation time. Education Code sec. 25.081(a) requires school … Continue reading

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Hazing law now includes coerced over-consumption of alcohol

A Texas law that took effect September 1 makes it a crime under the state’s hazing law to coerce a student to consume a drug or to consume an alcoholic beverage in an amount that would lead a reasonable person … Continue reading

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Texas lawmakers expand school marshal program

As part of a state effort to strengthen school safety in the wake of a shooting last year that left 10 people dead at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, the Legislature in 2019 considered measures to expand the … Continue reading

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