Tag: Diego Bernal

Diego Bernal preps for 2019 with “What They Said 2.0”

Diego Bernal preps for 2019 with “What They Said 2.0”

Schools are notoriously appealing places to showcase a political agenda. People freak out about both kids and misspent taxes, so politicians often pick their fights in the schoolyard. Far less often does legislation address the battles that teachers are actually fighting day in and day out, but State Rep. Diego Bernal (D-123) had a fairly…

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This is not a drill: SAISD students go to Austin to begin a conversation on gun control

This is not a drill: SAISD students go to Austin to begin a conversation on gun control

Sitting in the Capitol hearing room reserved for their day of meetings, I watched the five students from San Antonio ISD’s Young Women’s Leadership Academy and seven from Travis Early College High School settle in behind the dais. The seal of the State of Texas hovered over them as they swiveled in the cushy chairs…

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Fueling their long game, student activists get strategic with Congressman Lloyd Doggett

Fueling their long game, student activists get strategic with Congressman Lloyd Doggett

On Saturday, high school students hosted a Town Hall for Our Lives event with Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), and asked him to shoot straight with them on how to advance their gun regulation agenda. A few miles away in Olmos Park a group of open carry advocates took to the streets, or rather to the…

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Texas Commission on Public School Finance: the road to Byzantium

Texas Commission on Public School Finance: the road to Byzantium

On March 19, the Texas Commission on Public School Finance listened to ten hours of public testimony on…everything. The State’s school finance system is notoriously complicated and brimming with indices, adjustments, and designated funds. All were up for grabs as lobbyists, educators, unions, and parents offered ideas for how to cure what ails Texas school…

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Texas Commission on Public School Finance: Time is money…and some kids don’t have either

Texas Commission on Public School Finance: Time is money…and some kids don’t have either

The March 7 hearings before the Texas Commission on Public School Finance were basically the equivalent of me going to New York Fashion week. A parade of amazing and beautiful things that I can’t afford. I think my frustration was shared by commission member Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Humble). At the end of the meeting, Huberty…

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Texas School Finance Commission: You get the teacher you pay for

Texas School Finance Commission: You get the teacher you pay for

When Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath was Dallas ISD Trustee Mike Morath, he championed a performance-based teacher salary system. Three years in, student outcomes are up, teachers are happy, and it’s going very well, DISD superintendent Michael Hinojosa told the Texas School Finance Commission, except that it’s bleeding the district dry. “We’ve put all our…

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San Antonio to Charters and ISDs: Let’s get together

San Antonio to Charters and ISDs: Let’s get together

The common misconception that the city plays an active role in public education may stem from the fact that both are essentially financed through property tax. San Antonio residents have watched their property taxes increase significantly since 2014, as average property value assessments climbed by seven percent in 2014, 11 percent in 2015, seven percent…

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