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Texas Senate advances scaled-back school finance plan

Texas Senate advances scaled-back school finance plan

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Senate has advanced a once-sweeping school finance plan, but only after scaling it back so much that it will only offer about $500 million in extra funding for some school districts statewide and teacher retirement.

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Senate aiming to move bills at breakneck pace

Senate aiming to move bills at breakneck pace

AUSTIN -- The Texas Senate staged an unusual midnight floor session Thursday as conservatives who dominate the chamber rushed to revive abortion restrictions, school vouchers and a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people before opponents have time to mobilize against them.

Bathroom bill may shape 2018 elections

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AUSTIN — Though "bathroom bills" targeting transgender people fizzled in deep-red states across the U.S., the issue is still white hot in Texas, where the Legislature is heading into special session prepared to revive it and conservative groups are vowing revenge on Republican lawmakers who don't approve it.

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