When it comes to water, everyone knows by now that California’s in trouble. They’re in the fifth year of the worst drought in a century and are scrambling to manage their water better. Some wasteful practices were banned permanently this month, like hosing sidewalks and washing cars with hoses that don’t have shut-off nozzles. Even though El Niño rains have topped off some reservoirs, rain can’t recharge aquifers fast enough, and groundwater depletion remains a serious problem for California.
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Don’t blame the Texas Supreme Court for its decision on Texas school finance. The court was so distressed by the condition of Texas school finance that it went far outside its normal bounds to opine on how bad the finance system is, but also showed their integrity and commitment to law by correctly ruling that the Texas State Constitution does not explicitly describe how effective Texas education must be.
I’m sure every new parent believes their precious baby is the greatest to ever be strapped into a diaper, and I am no exception. The frequency my son is surpassing expectations — mine, my wife’s, general consensus on when babies will do things — has me starting to think he could start walking or talking any day now.
Interim charges are the issues that the Speaker asks committees to study during the time between regular legislative sessions in order to make recommendations for legislation for the following legislative session. This week I will discuss the charges given to the House Committee on Juvenile Justice & Family Issues.
The rumblings you did not hear on Tuesday were the sounds of change in Texas politics.
In the recent Texas Supreme Court decision, few insiders were surprised by the court’s description of the school finance system as “imperfect, Byzantine” and “sclerotic.” Indeed, the latest lawsuit was the seventh since the late 1980s that challenged the constitutionality of the state’s funding system of schools and the equitable distribution to districts.
We are in a national election year. State issues don’t seem to matter. Local issues don’t, either, except through the national/federal filter.
If you are truly worried about Texas public schools, the place to look is not the restroom.
Interim charges are the issues that the speaker asks committees to study during the time between regular legislative sessions in order to make recommendations for legislation for the following legislative session. This week I will discuss the interim charges recently issued to the House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence, which oversees civil law matters.
As my son gets older and discovers new things about the world every day, I am starting to realize just how much my wife and I are going to be responsible for teaching him. My wife actually is a teacher, so I know she’s prepared and eager for the challenge. As am I, though I worry I won’t be as good at it.