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Public News Service - TX: Early Childhood Education

AUSTIN, Texas - A non-scientific survey of more than 3,000 school employees across Texas seems to reveal a significant, system-wide decline in morale following this year's state budget cuts, according to Linda Bridges. She is the president of Texas AFT, the union that conducted the online survey. "

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - There's a growing labor crisis in Texas schools, as districts respond to sweeping reductions in state education aid. From Corpus to Dallas, many districts have chosen to lay off some of their lowest wage earners, such as custodians and cafeteria workers. In Dripping Springs, t

AUSTIN, Texas - Recent cuts to public education in Texas already are starting to have an impact on the state's employment picture, with 900 school jobs lost last month alone, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Number crunchers are now estimating the impact of President Obama's Ame

WACO, Texas - Today marks implementation of most new laws passed by the 82nd Texas Legislature - a session famous for wrestling with a $27 billion budget shortfall. While Gov. Rick Perry and Republicans who dominated the House and Senate claim success in balancing the budget without raising revenues

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas ranks 35th among all states when it comes to the overall well-being of children, according to this year's national KIDS COUNT Data Book, released today. Texas has been in the bottom third for the past decade. The state also ranks ninth worst in terms of child poverty - a parti

AUSTIN, Texas - The fight for public education funding is far from over, according to several hundred school advocates from across the state who gathered in Austin this weekend. The conference was organized by the grassroots organization Save Texas Schools, which was created during the past legislat

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - One of the last hurdles before lawmakers can finalize a new state budget is school financing. State aid will likely be cut by about $4 billion over the next two years. The sticking point is whether to divide per-student cuts equally among districts, or to ask wealthier districts

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas has the third-highest teen birth rate in the country, and the state holds the top spot in repeat teen births. Studies have shown that the public picks up a big portion of the tab for those pregnancies. A scientific consensus has emerged in the past few decades on what works -

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