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This legislative session, some Texas lawmakers are pushing bills that would increase per-student funding for public charter schools. Each year, these charters schools currently receive $1400 dollars less per student than traditional public schools. Backers of the proposed changes want give charters more money, specifically for maintaining and updating school facilities. 

Local Representatives React To School Choice Bill

Feb 24, 2017

Local representatives Senator Dawn Buckingham and State Representative Stan Lambert are stepping into the debate over school choice programs. Senate Bill 3 would allow low-income parents to use tax dollars to send their children to private or religious schools. The second half of the bill allows businesses to receive tax credits for contributing to scholarships. Both Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick have supported the bill. But critics of the bill say the school choice program takes away money from public schools. 

Lambert Working On Hotel Project, CPS Funding

Feb 22, 2017

 

The Texas District 71 Representative is working on legislation to help the Big Country, including a bill to help fund a convention hotel in downtown Abilene. Stan Lambert, an Abilene native and former Abilene ISD board member, said the biggest issues in the Texas House revolve around money, so he's using his financial skills as a former banker to represent Taylor, Jones and Nolan counties.

Amid the national conversation surrounding President Trump’s ban on refugees and immigrants, Abilene area residents are turning to a local non-profit to see how they can help refugees. For almost 20 years Global Samaritan Resources in Abilene has been sending aid to people in many of the countries included in the ban.

Photo Gallery: Women's March In Abilene

Jan 22, 2017

Abilene Will Have Sister March On Saturday

Jan 20, 2017

 

The Women’s March on Washington is a grassroots effort that grew to over 600 marches across six continents. Damion Moore will be marching Saturday at city hall in Abilene. He’s marching for issues that affect different groups of people, including disabled people, immigrants, LGBT, women’s rights, religious freedom and more. 

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