Morgan Smith, Texas Tribune

Politics
1:36 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Parade Of Open-Carry Bills Exposes Divide In Ranks

Tarrant County open carry gun owners rally at the Republican Convention on June 5, 2014.

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 12:08 pm

As momentum grows behind a push to let Texans carry handguns openly, the biggest fight may be among Second Amendment advocates themselves.

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Education
5:53 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Charters Push Back Against Measure on School Closures

Todd Wiseman/Texas Tribune

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 2:52 pm

In 2013, when Texas passed its first overhaul of charter school policy since 1995 — the year the publicly funded but privately operated schools were first established in the state — lawmakers included a provision intended to speed the shuttering of poor-performing schools.

But nearly 10 months after the Texas Education Agency marked six operators for closure under the new measure, three of those schools remain open. As those charters prepare to open their doors this month for a new school year, they say they are fighting a process that does not account for the full picture of a charter’s financial or academic health.  

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