A New Education
The politics of education in Texas has undergone a change during the 82nd Legislature. Some are using words like “sea change” and “seismic” to describe it.
Lawmakers took a $4 billion bite out of state support to education, bucking a long-standing trend of funding for Texas’ public schools. Backers of the move say it’s part of a move to get the state to spend within its means; opponents say the legislature turned its back on schools.
In this week’s “Texas Political Parlor,” KUT’s Ian Crawford and Kate Alexander of the Austin American-Statesman discuss the change and whether the new stance could become permanent.