Critics are concerned that a new state plan to exclude some high school curriculum tracks from class rankings will hinder students from accessing higher education through the state’s top 10 percent law.
The federal deferred action program, enacted in 2012, has allowed 72,400 undocumented immigrants,many of them students, in Texas to gain temporary legal status.
Local Catholic officials say the pope’s comments on homosexuality aren’t new, but students are taking fresh encouragement from them nonetheless.
The state and school districts have been toughening their policies on educator sexual misconduct, with reporting rates going up in Texas and across the nation.
Texas public schools have geared up and locked down in a variety of ways, including allowing some faculty to carry concealed guns and encircling some schools with security fences.