Dan Patrick

Gov. Greg Abbott

The gavel came down on the 84th Texas Legislature on Monday, June 1, as mandated by the state constitution. Gov. Greg Abbott has until June 21 to veto, sign or allow bills to become law without his signature. A few vetoes have already flowed from the governor’s pen, with others possible, but this is as good a time as any to evaluate the Legislature’s work as documented in this column since January.

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There is a pitched battle still being waged in Austin over the future of Texas education, but it is not a partisan fight per se. It is among competing factions of Republicans in the Legislature, with Democrats relegated largely to the sidelines by GOP majorities in both houses. This is especially true in the Senate where many committee and floor votes are strictly party-line affairs. 

Dr. James Colbert

Texas public schools are in a state of disarray and failure and it’s up to the people of Texas to do something about it.