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New School Buses to Have Seat Belts Under Texas Law
New School Buses to Have Seat Belts Under Texas Law

Starting this month, Texas school districts in the market for new school buses must ensure they have shoulder-to-lap seat belts for all riders.

The three-point seat belt law replaces a 2007 law that offered money to districts that opted to install seat belts in their school buses. Few districts took advantage of the funding, leaving most Texas school buses belt-less.

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In Beleaguered La Marque Schools, Harvey Stirs Up Old Anxieties
In Beleaguered La Marque Schools, Harvey Stirs Up Old Anxieties

As hundreds of parents sat nervously in the La Marque High School auditorium last Thursday, Nicole Gardner stood from her seat and raised her hand to ask what was on everyone's minds.

"I was wondering how long this relocation is going to last."

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How Hurricane Harvey Evacuees Can Get Help in Dallas
How Hurricane Harvey Evacuees Can Get Help in Dallas

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Texas Districts Preparing to Take in Students Displaced By Harvey
Texas Districts Preparing to Take in Students Displaced By Harvey

When Hurricane Harvey swept across the Texas coast, it decimated Port Aransas ISD’s buildings, forcing the district to close indefinitely — and immediately leaving more than 450 students without a place to attend school.

Just 20 miles away on the mainland, Flour Bluff ISD is preparing this week to enroll every one of those students next Tuesday, if necessary. Across the state, as school district officials along Texas' Gulf Coast determine whether they can open their schools on Tuesday as expected, their neighbors are sending the message that they will accept displaced students with open arms, no matter what it takes.

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TRS Board Adopts Legislative Changes to TRS-Care
TRS Board Adopts Legislative Changes to TRS-Care

The Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) Board of Trustees met Friday, September 1, 2017 to approve the new TRS-Care retiree health insurance plans as laid out during the first called Special Session of the 85th Texas Legislature. As members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) may recall, Governor Greg Abbott added TRS-Care to the special session call this summer after retirees across the state expressed serious concerns about high deductibles and premiums.

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How Hurricane Harvey Evacuees Can Get Help in Dallas
How Hurricane Harvey Evacuees Can Get Help in Dallas

HOW TO GET HELP

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Texas Districts Preparing to Take in Students Displaced By Harvey
Texas Districts Preparing to Take in Students Displaced By Harvey

When Hurricane Harvey swept across the Texas coast, it decimated Port Aransas ISD’s buildings, forcing the district to close indefinitely — and immediately leaving more than 450 students without a place to attend school.

Just 20 miles away on the mainland, Flour Bluff ISD is preparing this week to enroll every one of those students next Tuesday, if necessary. Across the state, as school district officials along Texas' Gulf Coast determine whether they can open their schools on Tuesday as expected, their neighbors are sending the message that they will accept displaced students with open arms, no matter what it takes.

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TRS Board Adopts Legislative Changes to TRS-Care
TRS Board Adopts Legislative Changes to TRS-Care

The Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) Board of Trustees met Friday, September 1, 2017 to approve the new TRS-Care retiree health insurance plans as laid out during the first called Special Session of the 85th Texas Legislature. As members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) may recall, Governor Greg Abbott added TRS-Care to the special session call this summer after retirees across the state expressed serious concerns about high deductibles and premiums.

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Houston ISD to Delay Start of School Year Until Sept. 11
Houston ISD to Delay Start of School Year Until Sept. 11

As Houston ISD continues to sort out which of its schools were damaged in Tropical Storm Harvey, school officials are postponing the start of the school year until Sept. 11, two weeks after school was supposed to start.

In an email to campus leaders, Houston ISD said school administrators in Texas' largest school district will report for duty on Sept. 5, while teachers will report to their schools Sept. 8. Students will return Sept. 11.

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Houston Schools Chief: Many Students Will Lose Everything
Houston Schools Chief: Many Students Will Lose Everything

Public school students in Houston won't be starting school until at least Sept. 5, as the powerful storm dubbed Harvey continues to swirl overhead, dropping epic amounts of rain that's caused severe flooding and has submerged large swaths of the sprawling city.

"Thank goodness it seems like we're pulling through, but the flooding is not over yet," says Richard Carranza, superintendent of the Houston Independent School District. "Probably the most obvious thing is we've had to call off the whole first week of school, but our first concern is the safety of our students, teachers and community."

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