Students who enroll in the Texas State Technical College system range from recent high school grads to older folks who’ve been out of school for years. But all of the students are trying to learn skill sets to improve their career opportunities, and usually, make more money. Last year the Texas Legislature changed the way TSTC is funded—no longer would the school be funded based on how many students were at the school or how long they stayed—but rather, the school would be rewarded for how much alumni wages are above the minimum wage.
Governor Rick Perry is sending 1,000 National Guard troops to the border to aid in the surge of immigrants attempting to enter the U.S. from Mexico. Perry has accused the White House of not doing enough to solve the problem.
"I will not stand idly by while our citizens are under assault and little children from Central America are detained in squalor," Perry said.
The Grove, Texas, is a very small town. And when the old frontier hub that used to be full of pioneers and cotton gins, gunfights and even saw a bank robbery was abandoned and crumbling, a man by the name of Moody Anderson, bought the town and brought it back to life. Now a recently released documentary film tells the story of The Grove.
The Texas legislature is mulling the first increase to the fuel tax since 1992. The discussion comes at the same time that some lawmakers in Congress are pushing for an increase to the federal fuel tax, which hasn’t been adjusted since 1993.
Tonight the West ISD school board is discussing whether to let employees carry concealed handguns in school. Since last year’s fertilizer plant explosion in West, many of the district’s classrooms have been moved into portables. That has some school officials worried about safety.